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Swedish magazine Computer Sweden has appointed who they think are the 75 best developers in Sweden , and I was ranked number 19.
Taking a closer look, I'm the highest ranked Interface Developer in the list, which must mean I'm the best in the entire of Sweden! Not really sure that that's true, but I do appreciate getting recognition for my dedication to creating good web interfaces. :-)
Glancing through the list, though, there are very few names I recognize (I can count them on one hand), and my guess is that the only ones you know about are Roger Johansson (place 28) and Tommy Olsson (place 46). Remembering how much they inspired and helped me out when I first started blogging, and knowing of their extensive skill sets, I know they should definitely have been above me on the list. Oh well, at least I honor you guys! :-)
What does surprise me, though, is that we are the only three Interface Developers on it, with me starting at place 19. Given all the advanced web sites out there, the AJAX hype, accessibility, elastic web sites etc, shouldn't there be more of us? And perhaps higher ranked than, say, a developer support person at Microsoft?
Which brings me to another point: the list goes from 1 to 75, but in reality, it's virtually impossible to compare completely different competences; Microsoft to Java, Ruby to Web Interface Development etc. The above mentioned developer support technician at Microsoft might just turn out to be a superstar, but it's still impossible to value our skill sets against each others.
I proposed to the journalist putting together the article that instead of having ranks, the best developers should be grouped by their knowledge and area of expertise; an idea he agreed about, but higher forces at the magazine apparently wanted more of a gossip magazine list...
What it comes down to at the end, I presume, is networking. Getting seen in the right contexts and making friends with a lot of people. And hell, getting a good grade for that isn't too shabby either!
Anyway, I first got the call about the list April 1st, so in my mind, I'm just happy that it at least turned out to be true! :-)
From now on, I shall be known as "19".
I will be featured in the next issue of Internetworld . There will be a two-page spread called The Pro's Choice, where I list three web sites that I like and the reason for choosing them.
The interesting thing when I got the question was to choose three web sites that I like and that I feel I can really motivate. I mean, preaching about the things I do like web standards, semantics etc, naturally my choices should at least be a little in line with that.
Sounds ridiculous, but it would've been easier to diss a 1000 web sites than to promote three; a terrible and sad thought, really. Don't know if it says more about me or the general state of the web.
Anyway, the three web sites I chose were:
I also love Google Calendar more and more for everyday I use it, so it should definitely be mentioned as a runner-up.
Do you also think it's hard to pick good web sites? And which three would you choose?
Today I have a debate article in today's issue of Computer Sweden, and already in page 2 (meaning that everyone will read it :-)). It can also be read here: LÃƒÂ¥t anvÃƒÂ¤ndarna pÃƒÂ¥verka webben . Most of it is just stating the obvious about focusing on end users and caring to all different kinds of accessibility needs, but I also manage to throw in a little comment regarding what I feel about the Web 2.0 hype.
Nevertheless, reaching 130 000 readers is never bad. :-)
Why this is a big thing to me is because it's the computer magazine with the widest spread in Sweden; an estimate of 127 000 readers! That's about five times the population in the town I live in, Vallentuna, or about 1/70th of all the Swedes. :-)
Another thing that makes me happy is that the journalist that interviewed me is the same one whose article I expressed my opinions about two weeks ago. Kudos to him for understanding the constructiveness of my post and also seeing how I could contribute to his magazine.
If you have a web code for Computer Sweden, you can read the two articles here:
Last week I had a little tÃƒÂªte-ÃƒÂ -tÃƒÂªte with Dag KÃƒÂ¶nig where we talked about the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7 the latest beta preview and the future in general.
So, if that sounds interesting, or if you just want to hear my Sean Connery-like voice (yeah, right...), go listen now. The interview is unfortunately in Swedish, but, who knows, maybe the rest of you can pick up some Swedish web developing buzzwords...
I am very proud to announce that my latest code concept, ASK, is the feature code article Easy Ajax with ASK, in the February issue of Treehouse Magazine.
I was actually asked back in Mid-November to contribute, but unfortunately I had too much things going on then, so I didn't feel I would have the time and the focus necessary to produce something worthy of being in Treehouse. We talked back and forth and postponed it until now, but finally, here it is! :-)
Part of me is humbly very appreciative of being asked, no less by the extraordinary people of Particletree producing Treehouse, and whose impact on the web developing scene has been tremendous; I think there are few web developers out there, at least of the blog-reading kind, that have never heard of them.
Another part of me thinks I rightly deserve this; during the last seven years I've put a vast amount of time into web developing and into learning and trying to become a better and more considerate web developer. To work that hard for something and to get this kind of recognition warms my heart and sends me the message that it was all worth it, it wasn't a struggle in vain.
Tomorrow I will write a release post offering you the source code and a demo of ASK for you to try out and give me feedback about. However, that post will only be a short introduction, if you want a longer technical explanation as well as getting to know why I made the different choices I did, I strongly recommend to get a hold of the Treehouse Magazine issue (plus the fact that you will then have a day up on everyone else, since a link to the demo is in the article).
Also, nevertheless, if you're not even slightly interested in ASK, I still recommend picking it up, because, as every issue of this magazine, it's fascinating.
PS. Yes, apparently I'm being a little narcissistic today. Please let me just have this one, I promise I'll be back to normal soon... :-) DS.
Martin SÃƒÂ¶derlund has performed an interview with me , and it felt pretty well-balanced. Half of it is about web developing, the other about more personal things.
The interview is in Swedish, but what better reason to learn Swedish than this...? ;-)