Published: 28 July 2014


When you tell someone you are a programmer they almost instinctively think you will look like this.

Don’t call yourself a programmer: “Programmer” sounds like “anomalously high-cost peon who types some mumbo-jumbo into some other mumbo-jumbo.”

Strangely enough I’ve only ever met one programmer who has a beard. But regardless, programming is what server side developers do.

Constantly producing thousands of lines of code to make a website work the way you want. We are the builders that produce the foundation and physical frame on which everything else depends.

When you arrive on your website and the website appears at all, that’s our work. That button you click that sends you an email, that was crafted by us and we are passionate about it.

We care that the things we produce are reusable, testable and have proper separation of concerns. It’s a difficult thing for an outsider to understand when we get excited about a screen like this.

But when a designer gets excited about beautiful choice of font and colour we get excited that it uses three tiered architecture with dependency injection and mocking. No I don’t expect you to know what any of those things mean J.

The flip side is we are the people who work late hours trying to fix things that have gone wrong. When your website moves to new

hosting in the middle of the night that’s the server side team. If a client side developer messes up your site might go lime green, if we mess up the site might not open at all.

This paragraph below says why it’s such a great job to be in though

"The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures. Yet the program construct, unlike the poet's words, is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separate from the construct itself. It prints results, draws pictures, produces sounds."


Richard Brisley

Lead Server-Side Developer


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