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RedMonkTV: The Rise of the Designer/Developer Mashup Developer

In our last on-topic video from last week’s SAP Tech Ed ’07 in Las Vegas, James talks with (now) RedMonkTV regular Dan McWeeney about the new type of designer/developer role and methodology Dan has seen emerge recently:

Rather than build on an open source or closed source only stack, Dan says, these developers pull in whatever code, projects, tools, and data they need to make a sort of development tool-chain mashup. Many of these coders, Dan notes, aren’t traditional types of developers and are, instead, good at mixing together and integrating different stacks and services.

James and Dan then end up with a discussion about how commercial companies like SAP could support this process and the different ways customers, like Dan’s employer, Colgate-Palmolive could manage the support and risk.

Disclaimer: SAP is a client.

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  1. That’s EXACTLY how I build stuff. I have debian linux and windows 2003 server working in unison, web-services between them, with ASP, python, and php all mixed in. On the client, I have javascript and python packaged with py2exe to make windows 2k/XP/vista executables.

    Yes it’s complicated, but it’s as simple as possible, in fact. Doing it all with one platform with one language would involve horrible, horrible hacks.

    I’m going to add OpenSolaris/Indiana to the mix at some point.

    I also am looking to add PDF generation, and I just might pay for some adobe product, if latex2pdf doesn’t do the trick. Btw, LaTeX is very good for do-it-yourselfers on budgets that don’t mind highly complex applications. Oh, and some graphviz in there behind web-services…

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  2. [...] We then discuss my old hobby-horse: will this while designer/developer theory really pan out, or will it just be more of the same? The classic problem of the UI designers and the programmers not getting along is the one to get over here, and past attempts like JSPs in J2EE loom as not too successful attempts to harmonize the two. Ryan and André point out that this time, the initiative is lead more by designers than developers, and that they’re seeing more developers who are actually a merging of the two. (James and Dan McWeeney spoke on this topic on RedMonkTV sometime back.) [...]

  3. [...] We then discuss my old hobby-horse: will this while designer/developer theory really pan out, or will it just be more of the same? The classic problem of the UI designers and the programmers not getting along is the one to get over here, and past attempts like JSPs in J2EE loom as not too successful attempts to harmonize the two. Ryan and André point out that this time, the initiative is lead more by designers than developers, and that they’re seeing more developers who are actually a merging of the two. (James and Dan McWeeney spoke on this topic on RedMonkTV sometime back.) [...]