A couple of weeks ago, we had a party at the company I work for. Outside of the bathrooms (where else?), I ran into a guy at work who I know is really interested in what the future might bring when it comes to the web. Naturally, then, I decided to ask him a question. This is how the conversation went:
-So, what do you think of Web 2.0?
-Web 2.0? Oh, you mean .NET 2.0!
What really got to me is the smug way he said it, like he corrected me and I didn’t really know the correct term. However, he seems like a nice guy, so I don’t think (read: hope) it was meant that way. I don’t take for granted that everyone should know what Web 2.0 is, but I do think that if you’re working with Internet and billing your customers a lot of money, I think you should at least be aware of the biggest buzzwords that are currently in the loop.
However, from my experience, this seems to be a common problem amongst web developers specialized on Microsoft products; they seem to lack the necessary knowledge about what’s going on in the web world that isn’t originating from Microsoft. Of course this doesn’t apply to all of those, but at least a fair number of them match this description.
So please, open your eyes. Know your competitors, know your options. And you know why? Because anything else would be ignorant and not doing your job 100% correctly.