Official DiS Web Developer Thread

I was gifted an extensive React course at Christmas. Really hard to muster the energy to get on with it though when you’ve been at work all day and it’s the last thing you want to be doing. There’s zero chance of me ever needing React at work but I suppose that’s the point, there’s a chance I’ll have completely missed the boat when it comes to applying elsewhere.


Really pissed off about this again now. Even my fucking colleague mentioned it today as though it’s company policy or something fucking fndnfjfjfhfhdhrhfhdhjdjdjfncjfj4uffjfdncnccncncjcjffjfuxuxxhxjnxdber7r7rjjrrirudjdjccjxmxmdmdxdndjdjcjcucuc7dudidjj

I used to work on a search engine and I can tell you that shit like CSS inheritance hierarchy doesn’t make any difference. It’s more or less pointless trying to game SEO these days. The crawlers and rankers can work out what is content and what isn’t. There are few little things like if your site isn’t reactive for mobile it might get pushed down the rankings a bit. But even then, what works today may not work in 6 months, so I wouldn’t bother.

when i finish my Google certification that i’m 3/4s of the way through, i’m going to force myself to learn React. already been getting to work half an hour early to do the Google thing before i start, so theory is that i’ll just continue that but with React - sidesteps the “cba to do it when i get home” issue although does introduce a “getting up earlier in the morning” issue.

guy at work learnt it over Christmas via some website and is raving about it, and while there’s little chance i’d ever need it here (if anything they’re going to move us to a low code platform rather than to React) i don;'t want to be miles behind and have no chance of ever going anywhere else.

React on its own is very nice, personally I found learning it to be one of the most satisfying and and enjoyable technologies I’ve picked up. Some of the stuff top pick up on top of it though, namely Redux, can be quite grim.

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one of my colleagues spent the best part of a day, and today I did likewise, trying to fix a bug on a new app we’ve built. worked fine when you ran it locally, but when we deployed it the final report you get at the end - the whole point of the app - downloaded incorrectly. said it was fine but when you opened the file it wasn’t a valid pdf or pptx, was actually just some HTML masquerading as a pdf/ppt.

spent ages trying different methods of serving the file, fucking around with headers, rewrites, mime types, IIS shite - no luck. had to be something wrong with the server cos my colleague said the files were generating fine on the server, just weren’t getting served properly. except after hours of faffing, I had a look into that last point and found that nope, the files were not being generated at all.

forgot to copy the folder containing the file template to the server, didn’t we? two minute fix, two days wasted :man_facepalming:


Where do I start? I’m a UX Researcher, probably going to quit a job I’ve just started, but want to segué into design, as that’s the part of the hybrid digital dev jobs I’ve done in the past I enjoyed the most.

I know html, some css, how mysql works. Has anyone done code academy?


Okay cheers.

I am not a web developer apologies
Google might not even be the place to start

Can’t go wrong with the big lads HTML CSS and Javascript I suppose as a foundation. We use Webflow at work now though, which doesn’t even really require knowledge of any of them. So it’s hard to advise when the skills required will differ so much depending on the CMS they use etc. Codeacademy seems decent iirc. Sorry this isn’t very helpful.


Everything is underpinned by those 3. Many frameworks hide the low level js from you but knowing the fundamentals is very useful.

I’ve got a big Js manual I can recommend if you want.

I like pluralsight too. Even though it costs I realised I absorb through videos well.

Designers with UX skills are pretty sought after. If you’re able to build working prototypes in HTML/CSS/JS that’s a bonus, but I know plenty who still work exclusively in Adobe, Sketch, Figma, InVision etc without having the ability to actually build what they design.

As mentioned, CodeAcademy and Pluralsight are good. Also Udemy courses are often heavily discounted and generally pretty good.

I learned JS through Codecademy, maybe I also learned C# there too, I forget. Anyway I really like it, much better than Udemy for me personally.

Anyone written an AWS Lambda function using C#?

Not with C#, but I’ve done Java and Node ones - anything in particular you’re having issues with?

I’ve got a console application I built in C# which was intended to be run through task scheduler on a Windows server. It consumes a CSV file from an SFTP location and for each line in the CSV it pushes a message to a public-facing API (a bulk SMS provider). The organisation I built it for are having all sorts of internal wrangling RE spinning up a VM in Azure / AWS, and someone asked whether it could be rewritten as a Lambda function. Just trying to gauge how big an undertaking that would be, given I haven’t done anything like it before. I guess serverless architecture is the way forward though…

Been awake since 4 thinking about this again. Having imaginary arguments with him when I tell him I don’t think it would make any difference.

I have written them in C# and Node. Should be fine.

You could also try Azure function which is basically the same thing.

My client has managed to sort out a VM after all, so the immediate requirement has gone away. But still something I would like to get to grips with. Think I might have a look at Azure first, cheers.

Node is another thing I should probably have a play with at some point, along with React.