‘Mistakes happen’, nowhere is this phrase truer than in the case of web development. It is a long drawn out and complicated process, that has enough complexities in it, which make mistakes happen. But at times, the real mistakes happen before and after the actual process of web application development. These mistakes are typically made by novices who aren’t experienced enough to make the necessary preparations that are need for developing cutting edge high performance applications.
This article will take readers through the different mistakes that web developers, especially beginners are prone to making in the domain of web development.
1. Not listening actively to the client’s brief
There is active listening and passive listening. The latter is when you keep nodding your head about everything your client is telling you without making any contributions to the brief. In the former, you are not just nodding your heads when clients are explaining their project brief to you, but are giving your inputs to the discussion as well. Professional web development begins with understanding the clients brief thoroughly and a developer giving his suggestions for enhancing or modifying the needs and requirements of the client. Newbies must understand that they need to proactively listen to what the client is saying and make suggestions whenever necessary. As a developer, it is you who will know to what extent the client’s brief is feasible. If you think a certain client expectation cannot be satisfied, you will need to tell him that there are then. For this to happen, you must be an active listener and not a passive one.
2. Not checking project feasibility
Clients are always right, but in case they aren’t, it is your duty as a developer to convince him, that some of their expectations cannot be satisfied. At times, a client might have a specific requirement that you will not be able to satisfy. This could be because of varied reasons including lack of available technology, lack of experience and expertise in your part, or the fact that a particular requirement will interfere in the project’s seamless functioning. Newbie developers fall into the trap of not taking the web application development projects through a comprehensive feasibility study. In such cases, they are unable to identify the problem areas of the projects, which in turn lead to faulty development. This is something to be avoided at all costs.
3. Improper Planning
In order to handle a web development project professionally, you will need to begin by planning its development lifecycle. Developers who have just started their web development journey sometimes make the mistake of not identifying the various stages of development. This means they are also unable to identify the right resources that will help successfully develop the project. Unplanned development and improper requirement gathering, leads to various problems during the development process. This can lead to project delays which can create a bad impression in the minds of clients.
4. Web standard ignorance
Successful web application development results from an adherence to the best web standards for development. Every developer learns these as a part of the process of becoming qualified developers but plenty of newbies ignore them when they start working on live projects; because of this they make some elementary mistakes. Some of them forget to use inappropriate DOCTYPEs; they do not use the new HTML methods; some do no validate their code and even if they use a validator they ignore the results offered. These and many other mistakes are a result of newbies ignoring web standards, something they regret when the project is completed and they find that it is inherently flawed.
5. Compromising quality for affordability
There is no doubt beginners need to focus on affordable web development if they want to make a mark. There is tough competition in this domain, and if somebody wants to get work, they need to offer their services at really cost effective rates. After a beginner starts getting successful projects off the ground, they can rework their services cost to suit their experience and expertise. But, in the beginning their services must be affordably priced. The problem here is that many of them start compromising on the quality of their web development just because they are offering web development at cost effective rates. This is a cardinal mistake and if you don’t sort it out quickly, chances are that you will earn a negative reputation on the market, which will be very difficult to dispel. So, it’s important that beginners start offering their services at affordable rates, but never ever compromise on the quality.
6. Lack of Browser Testing
Your web application needs to work on all the latest browsers and if possible on their older versions as well. This is only possible if you keep testing your application on all the browsers during project development. Many newbie developers plan on fixing browser issues, once they finish with the development process, but when they actually finish developing the project, they realize that their project has plenty of bugs while working across different browser. In such cases, especially with the project deadline looming in front of them, they do not make the required efforts to rectify the various issues across browsers. They implement quick fixes that might or might not work. Invariably, this leads to the development of a project that is very low on quality.
These are not the only mistakes that novices need to keep in mind while handling web application development projects. There are plenty of others that they must be aware of, in order to ensure that they go about developing an application in the right manner. The key is to keeping yourself updated about the latest happenings the world of web development and also taking tips of experts to ensure that your web development process isn’t flawed and you are not making the kind of mistakes that will lead to the development of a web project that doesn’t meet the needs and requirements of clients.
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Article publié pour la première fois le 07/06/2013