What Must Programmers and Lawyers Learn from Each Other?


When it comes to professional combinations, a programmer and a lawyer are a rare pairing.  This writer understands this well, as someone who holds a background in both tech and law. In years ahead a greater convergence between these fields is unavoidable. In future it’s expected professionals who’ve walked both paths will become more common.

But right now there remains a large gulf between the two fields. In no small part owing to the different mindset required for working well and pursuing a successful career in each. Sure there are some who’ve pursued careers in both. Yet even so, this can’t overlook the fact our rapid economic digitisation and globalisation is totally rewriting the rules of engagement once again.

So what should programmers and lawyers understand about each other’s work? And where may they find closer ties going forward?


A Thinking Exercise

The future will demand programming and law intersect in a variety of ways. Growing a closer association by virtue of market opportunity and business necessity.  But this doesn’t mean by default professionals will be able to successfully navigate work in both.

By virtue of the job, programmers need to be in the business of innovation. For the … Click to continue reading

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How to Communicate Efficiently With Your Web Developer


Communicating with a web developer can be an intimidating experience for a client. It’s recognised the web developer holds expertise in programming, but being able to communicate to the web dev what you want without knowledge of programming can be harder.  So here’s a quick and helpful primer for anybody looking to build a website, and looking for a quick and easy cheat sheet to refer to when talking with their web developer.

What Do I Need to Know?

HTML. CSS. JavaScript. PHP. Together these 4 languages are the most popular when it comes to building websites online.

They do not account for the backend AKA server-side creation of sites. That’s where it gets quite complex as terms like remote server and full-stack developer start getting thrown around. But even if you’re not a web developer – or very tech-savvy at all – an understanding of these languages can make the fulfilment of your website needs easier and speedier.

It’s also just good business. If you hire a web developer odds are good they’ll know a little bit about your business and its industry. Even if they don’t, a good web developer will be ready to learn. The same Click to continue reading

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Every Creative Needs a Gallery: Where to Host Your HTML‚ CSS and JavaScript Work


At this stage you’re doing well with your coding but it’s hard to know what’s next?. After all, building a skill set in front-end development and its languages of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is a worthwhile pursuit but one with a big learning curve too.

Now though, you’ve got the basics of coding down, your practicing in private, and you code with confidence. Yet, like a rapper set to launch his first EP, you may have the goods ready to go but choosing where to showcase them is a big, big, decision.

This is because just the same as understanding coding is a different prospect from actively building or fixing something online.

Just as actively working in the field is nothing to be afraid of (it’s just different, like a practice game versus a real match), so too it is hard to know where to start when you’ve got a portfolio ready to show given the many hosting options online. If this sounds like you may the following serve as three options for your first launch going forward.… Click to continue reading

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HTML‚ CSS & JavaScript: I’ve Learned Them but Where Do I Code in Them? (Part 2)

If you’re reading this chances are pretty good you’ve got the basics of coding down. 
If you’ve not yet written even one line of code all OK! – maybe go have a quick read of Part 1 then come back – while we wait for those readers catching up let’s get a coding joke on the books;

Question: How do you tell an introverted computer scientist from an extroverted computer scientist?

Answer: An extroverted computer scientist looks at your shoes when he talks to you.

There we go, Da boom chi, and after that B+ zinger the other readers should be just about back. Let’s proceed on: so you’ve learned HTML, CSS, and Javascript – aka the ‘holy trinity’ and the ‘front end fundamentals’ of web design.

You know you need a DOCTYPE at the start of every HTML doc, you know how to link a CSS style sheet to that doc and add in cool colors, fonts, and other design cues to a website. You even know how to write up some cool javascript code to get some pops up and nifty animations going. This is solid knowledge, is great to have learned – but you may now wonder … Click to continue reading

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Coding Is Popular but Complex, Explain It To Me: HTML‚ CSS, and JavaScript (Part 1)

From slick Shopify websites to fun iOS and Android apps, to websites that have a gorgeous visual flair and design you’d love your online brand to have – you know coding is how to get it done. Yet, by very virtue of the term ‘coding’ learning to code can sound pretty daunting.

Rather than presenting itself as a straightforward and transactional process just like a college degree where you’ll learn first-year subjects, second-year subjects, and then go on to learn the harder content in your third (and fourth) years, coding can conjure up mental images of those World War 2 spying and NASA launching rockets into orbit.

Spy ingenuity and space exploration may provide remarkable showings of human ability, but this image of coding can be confronting for a blogger or eCommerce store owner sitting at home and thinking about how they can grow their enterprise.

Accordingly, often asking ‘where do I start coding? results in very complex answers. Let’s point you in the right direction with a plain language outline of your options Click to continue reading

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