Monday, May 07, 2007

Expecting too much from us?

I ran across this post last week. An admirable sentiment, perhaps, but one that, in my opinion, is unwarranted. Many, many software developers never approach the user interface side of the work, and they have no need for graphic design exposure.

I see articles like this, and wonder if the managerial types are trying to keep the developers from feeling like they already possess a valuable and necessary skill. In a manner akin to those "open ads" for a job that list a very specific set of qualifications, clearly intended to fit the already-chosen candidate, often one whose options are limited by immigrant status, or whose salary is low due to being overseas, this begins to feel like a way to tell the existing developers "You're no longer good enough, we don't have to hire you unless you're a polyglot Renaissance man"

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