Web Computer Language experiences
HTML & CSS skills
I have been professionally programming since 1977, started coding websites in 1998 when I realized that websites would become the most important place for communication in the future. I commuted to Manhattan for a year and a half doing HTML and CSS for Design Firms using the then 'new' table-less layout techniques and IE6 hacks for a consistent browser experience. I wrote high quality code, and had the benefit of writing HTML with the understanding how it is used by the backend server. I am now loving the power and functionality of SASS, HTML5, and CSS3 features that have enhanced and simplified Web Development. FYI, this website is written with simple HTML and CSS, which can be viewed by viewing the page source.
Ruby on Rails
I have been coding with Ruby on Rails since 2006. I found that I could develop websites three times faster than using Java J2EE tools, and at the same time have automated testing of the product.
I found that Ruby on Rails has made a significant contribution to web development, especially with its convention over configuration, and a rich set of tools available. I find the Ruby language orientation of being english-like has made it hard for the documentation to be clear about what types of arguments are being passed, and thus harder to read and understand.
Future Language Explorations
I have started playing with Rust. I love how this language uses convention over configuration, and has a top notch infrastructure. I was hoping that this language could becomea good general purpose language, but I am finding the language much too complex for that, and seems that it will be relegated for programming closer to the metal, such as for micro-controllers, O/S, and other lower level infrastructure projects. I expect that it will eventually supplant C and C++.
I am curious about the kotlin language, as its goal is to be the better java. I loved working in Java decades ago (as is was well documented and open), but found coding required much too much verbiage. I eventually switched over to Ruby on Rails, because I could code three times faster, and have automated testing to boot.
I have been developing a web site in Ruby on Rails, then writing is again in other languages, to compare the tool sets. I will be curious how easily the web sites will work with mobile devices.
I understand that there is a trend in programming to use 'AI' tools to help develop code. I am afraid that depending upon suggestions from a tool developed from pattern 'matches' will tend to degenerate programming away from the design and programming requirements. I am especially concerned that users will start to defer to 'AI' tools, instead of using them for assistance, and thereby no longer understand what they are doing.