If you are anything like me then you may like to think of yourself as more of an Internet Developer than purely a Domino Developer. If nothing else, the former is probably a better way to explain what you do when talking to somebody outside of IT.
When do you get to the point that you can honestly say this? A tricky one! I would say it was when you get to the point that you can create a whole site from top to bottom (that looks professional of course) completely on your own.
Doing this is not going to be a case of simply using Domino. It is going to require, at least, a graphics package, a decent HTML editor and maybe even a CSS tool. These are not always enough though. What we need is a list of all the on-line resources out there that are packed with information and resources. One such site is Visibone.com, a one man show much like CodeStore, this site is the home of the "Color Lab". Here you can dynamically pick and choose from the 256 colours and see what they look like together. This is one of the first things I do when starting a new site - choose a colour scheme. If you want to have a look, click on the illustration below:
This is not all that is to be found on the site either. There are also HTML Code reference charts and links to interesting articles about design.
So, if you really want to call yourself an Internet Designer, maybe it's time to start taking visual design just as seriously as the coding. To go one step further and start thinking about the more important aspect of usability there is no better place to start that on Jakob Nielson's Useit.com.
Are you an Internet Developer or just a Domino Developer?
Take this simple quiz to find out:
>30% - Better. You can now say "Domino Developer"
>0 % - Not bad. Still need to say "Notes Developer"
If you disagree entirely with this and/or have been offended. Sorry.... you can leave your grievances here.
If you are wondering how I wrote this quiz, and haven't already cheated by looking at the source, you can find out here.