Communication is key

I did an interview with Alex Hall, a web developer. The interview is featured in the October issue of Singularity. Here’s a question I asked: What is the one skill that has been invaluable to you as a web developer?

Communication. You get nowhere without communication. That goes for all aspects of web development. You first need to get a grasp of the next project you are going to be doing, and you need to make sure you understand it as fully as possible before even starting. That is communicating with the client, which can also prove to be the hardest part of a project. I heard a story the other day where a client wanted their web site ‘re-vamped’ and all they gave the designer was a 1997 template they liked and 1 line of text! You can’t do anything with that!

Read the rest of his answer, and the other interview questions in the October issue. Download it for free. Alex writes at DeVSeO and you can also follow him on Twitter @devseo.

I’ve also recently signed up for Scribd. Hopefully, that increases the reach of the magazine, which gives me more leverage, which means you get better articles to read. Ad infinitum.
Singularity October 2010

And I actually had a different magazine cover originally. Here’s what it looks like:

Singularity October 2010 alternate cover

Singularity Magazine October 2010

Singularity October 2010 issue

The October issue of Singularity is available for download. Get it now. It’s free.

In an act of serendipity, we have a Halloween-theme for this issue (although it’s stretching that definition). In this issue, we have:

  • A short story by my friend Grey Yuen. While the story is not scary, the character doing the monologue is. Can you guess his identity?
  • An exclusive interview with Alex Hall, a web developer in United Kingdom. Learn what it takes to create web sites in a team. We have a spider’s web on the cover. That counts as Halloween-themed, right?
  • A continuation of the Japanese learning article from September.
  • An exploration in forensic science about telling the time of death using the liver’s temperature.

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