The web on a wing and a prayer…

Seeing as the Opera browser is now available for free, I was wondering how they are going to make money. I know that they are already in discussions with various mobile phone manufacturers about making Opera the browsing software for phones, but now it appears they are taking to the skies.

What a great idea. After all, in-flight movies are OK for some, but the ability to check emails, browse the web and even manage websites would be fantastic for loads of people*. Especially through a standards-compliant browser like Opera.

* Presuming loads of people are like me. Which is, frankly, a scary thought.

Web Developer magazine…

Browsing the geek shelf of a newsagents the other day, I noticed that there was a new magazine in addition to the old favourite of .net magazine, called Web Developer. I didn’t buy it, so this isn’t an in-depth review (I can’t even find a link to it, ironic, eh?), just a remark that this is a sign of the times. A sign that more advanced web techniques (called “development” rather than “design”) are filtering down to the masses.

Don’t get me wrong, development and design are two sides of the same coin. Both are as vital and worthy of study as the other. But whereas a few years ago I had to describe my job to the uninitiated as ‘web designer’, now I find I can proudly call myself a ‘web developer’ (or, to be even more posh, a writer of software for the web) without getting blank looks.

So, with a magazine that anyone can pick up to get into the web development way – not to mention to oodles of articles about AJAX, SQL and XML in other magazines – let’s hope that’s a sign of a new generation of web geeks proud to wear the developer badge.