Working on the Web

For people who make their living "working on the web", things are a little different then other industries. They can also be very similar. These posts look at working on the web, having your own web dev business or just simply freeelancing on the web.

Programmers finding new niches

The interesting take away from this article from the standpoint of possible business plans for people who work developing the web, is that more and more these days companies are going to be facing a reality like the one presented in the article: having a programmer on staff to mix your old business with... Read more »

Clients just don't get it. Really now, is it the Client, or the Consultant?

We are all consultants Designers, developers, copywriters, anyone who works on the web, be it as a freelancer or in an agency, we are all consultants. We consult by offering our expertise to our clients and our bosses. Even employees of agencies are consultants, offering their expertise to their peers... Read more »

You Work on the Web: What is Your Business Plan?

This post is inspired by some of the things that I have gone thru in the last year and a half. Without going into details, lets just say that one day I realized that, while work was going fine, what was my plan for 5 years down the road? Or better, was I planning on doing the same thing in 5 years? Five... Read more »

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SiteUptime Web Site Monitoring Service

Sitepoint's web devlopment books have helped me out on many occasions both for finding a quick solution to a problem but also to level out my knowlegde in weaker areas (JavaScript, I'm looking at you!). I am recommending the following titles from my bookshelf:

The Principles Of Successful Freelancing

I started freelancing by diving in head first and getting on with it. Many years and a lot of experience later I was still able to take away some gems from this book, and there are plenty I wish I had thought of beforehand. If you are new to freelancing and have a lot of questions (or maybe don't know what questions to ask!) do yourself a favor and at least check out the sample chapters.

The Art & Science Of JavaScript

The author line-up for this book says it all. 7 excellent developers show you how to get your JavaScript coding up to speed with 7 chapters of great theory, code and examples. Metaprogramming with JavaScript (chapter 5 from Dan Webb) really helped me iron out some things I was missing about JavaScript. That said each chapter really helped me to develop my JavaScript skills beyond simple Ajax calls and html insertion with libs like JQuery.

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Like the other books listed here, this provides a great reference for the PHP developer looking to have the right answers from the right people at their fingertips. I tend to pull this off the shelf when I need to delve into new territory and usually find a workable solution to keep development moving. This only needs to happen once and you recoup the price of the book in time saved from having to develop the solution or find the right pattern for getting the job done..