Software development is far more streamlined today than it ever has been. Sites such as GitHub, continuous integration and delivery processes (CI/CD) and technologies such as containers have sped up the development process by orders of magnitude.
In the brief history of web design, few issues have been as contentious as the question of whether designers should code. Its beyond question that to design for the web you need an appreciation of how sites work, but does that understanding need to be in-depth enough that you can write codeafter all you expect developers to adhere to a brand guide, you wouldnt necessarily expect them to create one.
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Recently I got a call from Bob Lewis, who several years ago abandoned his regular gig writing InfoWorld’s Advice Line and running an independent consultancy in favor of a full-time job as asenior business/IT management consultant at Dell Digital Business Consulting. I recognized Bob’s tone from past calls — he’d had some sort of revelation.
San Francisco’s SOMA district, where InfoWorld moved its offices 15 years ago, is ground zero for startups. Many if not most rely on Amazon Web Services for their infrastructure and the 20-something developers who work there take agile and devops and Docker for granted.
Managing containers used to be a command-line affair. But a rich and growing ecosystem of Web-based interfaces for containers has now emerged.