Dan Davies{ Front-end Developer }

Not knowing something isn’t a sign of weakness

18th October 2013

Anyone who knows me well enough and reads my blog (all 3 of you) know that me and javascript have a love hate relationship. I’m honest about the journey I’m on with it. I don’t know enough to work with it. I’m trying, some of it makes sense and I think if I carry on at my pace, I’ll crack it…hopefully.

The problem for me is that I feel under pressure to learn it.

The web changes a lot quite quickly, things die out, new things come in. We have to adapt. Front-end to me a few years back was pretty simply laid out as designing and building the HTML and CSS and then javascript snuck in (ok that might not be the case).

And it’s not just javascript, PHP seems to be something Front-enders should have an understanding of. There are other examples of things we need to know these days as our roles evolve. Server setups, .Net, I’ve seen loads of things we have to get jiggy with.

I think it’s great that we work in a role where we learn new skills. I want to learn. I really do, which makes it all the more harder that it’s just not going in like I hoped.

I’ve come to the conclusion though, well I think I have.. that not knowing something is fine. It’s not a sign of weakness.

It’s only a sign of weakness if you don’t do something about it.

Have a nice weekend

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