With “Easier” Coding Tools, Come Greater Standards

Flashback to the 90s for a second, and take a look at some of the old websites. I think my favorite one is the Footlocker one – seems like they knew they need to have a website up, but just didn’t know what to put on it! It was no doubt really hard making a website in the 90s, so the low standards are completely understandable. After all, there were no website standards in the 90s!

Fast forward to today, and it is much easier to make a website, with tools like Heroku, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, JQuery, HTML5 and more! We now have a ton of libraries and servers available to us for free or a small fee to make incredibly beautiful and dynamic websites. We also have a lot more access to learning to code.

Yet, because of the high standards that are now expected from a website by the consumer, it is not much easier for a beginner to create a website than it was in the 90s! Sure, I can put up an ugly looking page, but if I want to create a real consumer product, it needs to look incredible and function without a flaw across multiple browsers without any security issues. That is why we seldom see solo startup founders like Mark Zuckerberg anymore.

To make a simple website application, you need to know everything from Photoshop to HTML to CSS to JavaScript to JQuery to SQL or MongoDB to Ruby or another language to Ruby on Rails. Oh, and it need to look and feel great and be secure!

A lot of people have been writing recently that sites like CodeCademy are making coding mainstream, but, honestly, coding today is a pretty frustrating process (probably less frustrating than it was in the 90s, but still very frustrating).

I’ll continue learning, but not many people will despite wanting to learn. Of course, those who will take advantage of the numerous opportunities to learn out there (and more and more people are!), will continue to reap the rewards as knowing how to code is clearly an in-demand skill for the future that not many people will have.

However, if I had to invest in the future of mainstream coding, I’d put my money down on sites like Scroll Kit over Codecademy! After all, it is WordPress and Blogger and Tumblr sites that are driving the internet.

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