primitiveshaun wrote this!
on Wed Apr 29 2020
The advent of 2020 brought with it an air of reflection and reminiscence around the globe.
As 2 × (2 × (222 + 22) − 2) dawned upon us, the increased digitisation of our culture, our lives and our history became ever more apparent.
Then-and-now challenges boomed across social media. Surges of people pedantically posting photos of how they have changed in ten years. The internet, in turn learning and feeding it’s data to little Criminal Minds-esqueprofiling robots.
Those of us who remember a time before social media. A time when a phones were not smart and could be considered ‘mobile’ if it lived in a box at the end of the street. The survivors of the Y2K bug may have found themselves looking back how things have changed this millennium.
If you remember further back then you are probably just miffed that 2015 has been, and gone, yet you still don’t own a hoverboared!
I too found my myself squinting back through time to where all this Primitive stuff began.
Early Web Development
The Internet, or specifically the World Wide Web, was born deep in the belly of CERN. Between 1989 and 1991Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a renowned Colonel of the Geeksphere, took some advanced technologies, created some new stuff (HTML), put it together, and birthed the monster know as The Web.
This was all to satisfy the information sharing desires of researchers, or put simply, to appease the whims of Scientists.
( ? At this point I was mainly: Watching Terminator 2 ? )
Eyewitnesses said that the exact moment The Web was invented occurred during a tea-break at CERN.
Therefore, it’s conception can be adequately represented by the equation; Boffin plus Boffin, over a muffin equals The Web.
One thing it was not like: it was not like being in a library. The whole experience gave an intense illusion, not of information, but of personality. I had been treating the ether as a kind of data repository, and I suddenly found myself in the confines of a scientist’s study, complete with family pictures.Gary Wolfe – WIRED
( ? At this point I was mainly: Playing Sonic the Hedgehog ? )
Then in 1994, under the watchful eye of Sir Tim, a not-so-secret international organisation named the W3C was formed.
Their purpose. To create and protect a set of standards for this new world of the web and to S.H.I.E.L.D them from deviants.
This happened just when the world (wide web) would need it the most.
( ? At this point I was mainly: Playing Earthworm Jim ? )
For in 1995 the evil giant, Microsoft, awoke a Titan which would later wreak havoc in every corner of The Web.
Later the same year, the not-so-secret “Dress to Impre-CSS” project was completed and the W3C released guidelines on how The Web should be dressed.
The Web now had an official costume.
Or, the general-purpose programming language formerly known as ECMAScript.
( ? At this point I was mainly: Playing Abe’s Oddysee ? )
So let us skip forward a decade. To where my digital adventure began and I find myself with one of the most dangerous things known to man. An opinion.
Enter the Monkey
At times, when discussing jobs I’ve done or where I’ve been so far in this life, I feel it resembles the “I used to be one” line from Mrs Doubtfire.
Descending from farmers and publicans I started working younger than most. I worked (and lurked) around farms and an old 17th-century Inn throughout school. I then worked as a chef throughout at college (media studies) before spending the ensuing years ‘entertaining’ revellers across the UK and Balearics.
Around 2004, feeling I had spent sufficient time “finding myself”, I thought I best get a normal job and do normal things like normal people.
Henceforth, my Development journey began. Initially as a Change Analyst where, quite accidentally, I would learn (X)HTML and a few other bits while writing macros.
Back then, systems like this powered world banking.
Moving on, after spending a brief time as a stockbroker, I decided I shall turn myself into a web Designer.
Little did I know, given the extensive number of popular Programming, Scripting and Markup Languages that can be involved in delivering a simple little web page to you. This would be no simple task.
Circa 2008 I would have produced my first commercial projects for clients. Static websites, branding and the odd email template for local businesses.
At this point creating websites was much like the art of paper cutting.
Generally a .psd or .ai design file was created, passed to the developer. The developer in turn went about cutting said design into tiny little jigsaw-like pieces.
These pieces of the jigsaw would then be rammed into a table to imitate a pretty layout.
Yes, I faked it! Everybody did. What you, the end-user, were looking at back then was a spreadsheet in fancy-dress.
To accommodate browser quirks and the various incarnations of The Titan a plethora of x-browser fall-backs and hacks needed to be applied.
Of all content management systems.
To the thoroughly modern codemonkey, web development can be seen as more like dressing a skeleton. But must be done from the far side of the room.
( ? c:/dos/run ? )
They don’t stay the same for long before a revised set of standards and specifications arise. Pathing the way to the promised land of peak performance and efficiency.
It’s truly amazing what can be done with just a single div.
†a dagger can be used to represent a footnote.