Valentines Day – from ALA

What Developers Love & Hate About the Web

A very interesting couple of posts on ALA today is titled Valentines Day Massacre and Valentines to the Web. Why? Well, the first one is all about the things that web developers hate about the web. The second is about what we love about it.

On the Massacre

Reading through it, I found myself laughing quite a few times, and nodding along in absolute agreement with much of it.

Summarizing what many of the contributors had to say, it seems like these are the most commonly noted things we hate (no particular order):

  • Microsoft.
  • Internet Explorer.
  • Pop-up ads.
  • Non-standard code.
  • Sites designed / requiring Internet Explorer.
  • Trying to keep up with the speed of new technologies.
  • Blogs with no real content.
  • Lousy (or overuse of) Macromedia Flash on sites.
  • Typography display issues.
  • Lack of ability to have PNG’s used globally (read: More Hate for IE).

On the Good Stuff

  • CSS
  • Dynamic online apps (RoR, Ajax, etc…).
  • The sheer amount of innovation going on.
  • Blogging.
  • The new ‘social’ web.
  • Massive amounts of information.
  • RSS feeds.
  • The new ideas every day.

There were definitely others mentioned, but those are the ones I saw repeated several times. A good post, and a fun read.