I have to admit that I am a professional web application developer.
I have been doing this for several years now, ever since I finished my degree in 1999 actually and I think that I know what I am doing.
So when I tell someone that it is going to cost them X dollars, then I mean that it is going to cost them X dollars… it doesnt mean that if they try and negotiate, I will lower my price… And when they turn around and say “Ohhh my neighbours cousin’s son is a web developer and he reckons that he can do it for Y dollars” my immediate reaction is go for it sucker.
I will be waiting there when they creep back to me and ask me to fix their website that they had their neighbours cousin’s son to do for Y dollars. I will sit them down and patiently explain to them that because of their not taking the original quote, the price has now gone upto Z dollars. And thats when they start screaming usually…
I dont tell them that the extra money is my idiocy tax. If someone is so stupid that they walk away from a quote that I have given them because they want me to do it for peanuts… then they are idiots and they are even bigger idiots if they think that I am just going to let them walk all over me.
The same is true of people who come to me and say I need some work done on my website. I have a look at and cast my expert eye over it. If I turn around to them and say that the website needs a rebuild, then it needs a rebuild. IT doesnt need a tidy up with a little recoding here and there to make it all good again.
The ASP code is crap. The HTML is full of deprecated tags and the guy I reckon is one of those spammer type guys (you know the ones… “Buy this herbal remedy and it will make your dick longer and harder”)… but he seems like a nice enough guy when I talk to you.
I’ve been trying to convince him that his website needs a rebuild. but he isnt going for it… wants to keep bug fixing and patching the thing until the code is so unmanagable that the site falls over when someone changes a heading tag. He wanted a site analysis done… a guy who is working where I am now started on last year… I finished it off today. It will cost the site owner over 50kAUD to go through the side, update all the HTML and clean up the ASP code… his current database needs some serious normalisation as well.
The guy is going to shit bricks when he see’s the quote by that isnt bothering the guy that I am working for at the moment as he wants to get rid of him as a client.
The bottom line of this rant is that people go around thinking that they can get web work done really cheap because it isnt really programming.
I can tell them this much. I am putting to use all the things that I learn at uni when I did my Computer Science degree into practice as a web application developer. Is a Java programmer a web developer if he writes Java applets for the web? Is someone who writes VB.Net framework applications a web developer if the application is used for web services?
No… they are programmers and us web application developers are those dodgy scripting language guys because they dont program in a real language…