The Ugliness of RealSep 25, 2009 In Development By Thomas Lewis
It always starts out as a friendly conversation. Developers or designers are discussing the language or tool of the week, when someone pulls out the “real programmers/designers use x” talk. The mood shifts. What was once a friendly little chat has become a chess game of defending the position.
The ‘real’ issue also rears its head whenever people discuss problem solving and workflow tools. There’s an attitude that the more “to the metal” you are, the better. We’ve all heard someone say, “I don’t like to use x because I want to handcraft all my code.” Ugh.
Clients Are ‘Real’
I don’t like the ‘real’ talk because it hinges on what tool you decide is best—not on what tool is best for the job. If a technology fits your needs but isn’t ‘hardcore’, so what? At the end of the day, what matters is whether the people you created your product or application for are satisfied. They don’t care what you used to get there. This is what’s ‘real’.
Stop the Insanity
How about we stop bogarting love in our industry by helping and encouraging each other instead of pounding chests pontificating why X is better than Y? Or bickering over who is more real? And while we’re at it, let’s stop adding to the link-bait madness and quit clicking on links to articles that promote rivalries that don’t really matter (and are actually unsubstantiated by the article anyway). Do we really need another “Technology Company Y Announces a Company Z’s product killer”?
What do you think? Is there a need to differentiate a real designer or real developer from others? In what ways we bogart love and spread negativity? Let me know in the comments below. Also,follow us on Twitter (or me,if you are a ‘real’ Twit).