Diane Soini wrote: > Hello. I'm wondering about the outlook for this career in web design. I > think I'm on the verge of obsolescence. I can't seem to get any > opportunities to gain skills on the server-side of things where I work. Sometimes you need to make opportunities. :-) Come up with a project of your own that requires a server-side component, pick a technology, and go. Learn. Do another. > It seems like the future of web work will be writing applications for > Microsoft technologies. We use Java where I work, and java appears to be > quite complex and uncommon. I'm wondering what you think the future is. "uncommon"? Your company is using it. Lots, as in *lots*, of large, medium, and small companies are using it. Given the investment all that represents, I really don't see Java implementations going away. And "complex"? It's as simple or complex as you make it. Install a JDK and Tomcat on your desktop system and play with JSP (especially taglibs) a bit. If Java still doesn't grab you, install Apache and PHP, or Python. But learn something new. > I just don't know what to do next. I really like the client-side work, > but it appears that the need for that is fading. So many companies can > just generate code with content management tools, so why bother having a > web designer on staff? Because someone has to design the UI, and create the templates, for even a CMS-driven system? And more and more Web *apps* will be developed, which require both UI design and a good knowledge of the interaction with the server, so there's opportunity there. "Chance favors the prepared mind." :-) FWIW, and good luck, -- Hassan Schroeder ----------------------------- hassan at webtuitive.com Webtuitive Design === (+1) 408-938-0567 === http://webtuitive.com dream. code.