[thelist] Industry Associations

Tamara Abbey Abbey at abbeyink.com
Wed Apr 4 13:25:18 CDT 2001

At 01:57 PM 4/4/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>some of you may have heard my rants about the HTML Writer's
>Guild... i have no problem with them in general... but i get lots of
>resumes, and see lots of sites, by people who couldn't code their
>way out of a paper tag...
>but somehow they think that displaying the logo, or mentioning
>their membership in the HTML Writer's Guild lends them some
>credibility (fwiw, in my eyes, it's more of a detriment on a resume...
>good code speaks for itself, and i'll see that in the portfolio

Yup, I've seen some of those sites. And, you get what you want out of 
membership. No, there are no minimum requirements for membership, but I 
know I've learned a lot about writing valid code. And at least I was 
introduced to concepts like validating and DTDs and other *standards.* As 
with many organizations, it was up to me to take advantage of the advice 
and guidance I received.

I do mention my membership to some prospective clients mostly so they know 
that I do my best to take myself seriously and try to learn as much as I 
can (I thought I was getting to where I knew at least a thing until I 
signed up over here <g>).

For some people, that type of industry affiliation is important, it's just 
as important as making sure your emergency room doctor is an M.D. and not a 
Ph.D. AFAIK, there is no such distinction for coding. I know there's a few 
programs out there -- you want to talk about some ugly code?? You should 
see what some of these *schools* are teaching -- I said some! As with all 
things -- there's good and there's bad.

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