In an interesting addition to the ongoing discussion of the definition of a Web Professional Garret Dimon chimes in with a lengthy post titled The Time is Now for Front-End Architects.
While he says a lot we all already know, his attempt to outline some concrete skills and attacking the issue from both directions (designers and programmers) makes it a worthy read.
When it comes down to it, we have a bundle of technologies that are inter-related with very few people really digging in to understand the relationship between them all. Unfortunately, the real value of doing something correctly is the ease of maintenance and long-term adaptability, and in the heat of the moment, it’s easier to just look the other way and slap something together. For some, that may be an acceptable way of doing things. However, for most of us, that’s a poor decision, and generally unprofessional.
Also, if you missed it when it was going around last week be sure to read Joe Clark’s piece on Failed Redesigns—a must for both web professionals and business owners alike.