Is freelance web development dead

Weave

We haven't reworked all of the older articles yet. This usually only applies to the code examples that are not yet optimally represented.

Because of dead

We keep hearing that print is dead, only to find numerous new publications the next time we go to the station shop. For us web workers, too, there are new magazines that want to be read. We are taking the launch of Weave as an occasion and are introducing three of these magazines to you.

We keep hearing that print is dead, only to find numerous new releases the next time we go to the station shop. For us web workers, too, there are new magazines that want to be read. We are taking the launch of Weave as an occasion and are introducing three of these magazines to you.

There are numerous authors among us Webkrauts who not only fill blogs and write books, but also like to contribute technical articles again and again. In this respect, it is not surprising that all three magazines also include weaving herbs among the authors; to varying degrees, of course. We have therefore opted for brief presentations plus opinions. But because we are involved in it ourselves, we cannot of course offer you any "proper" criticism. Use the comment functions if you want to tell us your opinion on the issues.

Web standards magazine

The web standards magazine appears every three months at a price of 7.80 euros.
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The third edition of the Web standards magazine will soon be on the market. And although “Web standards” is in the title and the Webkrauts are even represented with two pages of their own in the magazine, we have simply missed paying tribute to the magazine here.

As you can read on the website: »With the web standards magazine there is now a magazine that covers all topics from the web working area: good design, usability, accessibility, programming, project management, content management, web applications and much more . "
The magazine is often about web standards, it corresponds exactly to the idea of ​​the weaving herb. And, issue after issue, many Webkrauts specialist articles contribute. Behind the magazine is the anatom5 agency, whose managing director Ansgar Hein is also active in weaving herbs.

So what should we say other than: "Buy it!"

»The web standards magazine fills a long existing gap: it deals with topics related to the front end. It presents a healthy mix of more in-depth and somewhat more superficial articles. It stimulates reflection and research and gives new impulses. I usually don't expect more from a magazine. I find the layout of the cover photo, which is supposed to encourage people to buy, less attractive and problematic.

It is very pleasant that Ansgar Hein's team is trying to gain a broad range of authors. So you don't read the same authors over and over again with the same topics that you already know from their blogs or from other magazines. Summing up interesting Twitter topics is also a good idea that only sounds boring in theory. In our fast-moving medium, it is good to pause and recapitulate. "

»The web standards magazine is clearly and unambiguously aimed at web designers and developers. The topics are not limited to basic articles on CSS and HTML, here it is mainly about the demanding practice of professional web workers. In addition to code examples, problem solutions and tutorials, the soft skills are also addressed, i.e. text creation, image processing, project management, usability and design. Speaking of design: The layout of the magazine, from the title page to the articles, is classic to sober - in other words, the design could use a few courageous improvements.

In any case, the web standards magazine is a must-have for all professionals and those who want to become one. In any case, I don't want to miss it anymore and I look forward to every issue. To buy!"

»If you consider that there is no big publisher behind this, but rather a relatively small team, the result is impressive. Just like the t3n in the last editions, the web standards magazine is also working on improvements, issue by issue. In issue two the clay figures were added, in issue three there will be other small changes; David has already written about it.

Topics for freelancers and small agencies. Topics that reflect what I deal with every day. Topics that make you want to watch one or the other program soon. It's good for us that there is such a booklet. "

PHP user

The PHP User appears every three months at a price of 9.80 euros.
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The PHP User came onto the market in July. The editorial says: »PHP User is the magazine for everyone who simply wants to use PHP and the Internet for themselves, who are convinced that they do not need a degree in computer science in order to achieve great results on the web with creativity and smart ideas! For your own company, for the private online community, for the animal breeder association. "

The topics are accordingly broad. For example, the first issue deals with shop systems, CMS, JavaScript, CSS, design and text, and security. Everything that web workers might be interested in. The magazine thus offers a similar range of topics to the web standards magazine. The PHP User is published by Software & Support Verlag, there are also, for example, Create or Die, the PHP Magazine, the Java Magazine or the Developer Magazine.

»At first glance, the PHP User magazine appears like a slimmed-down version of the PHP magazine, but it is more tailored to the target group of web developers, who can also be found in the frontend. This balancing act still includes a different quality of the topics, which are practice-related, but still show some deficits in relevance for readers outside the pure developer community. Unfortunately, the authors treat web standards and other front-end topics a bit neglected and sometimes imprecisely. Nevertheless, visually oriented web designers can also access it without hesitation, the magazine is an asset, it steers the view outside the box of classic front-end development. "

»There is nothing to complain about thematically; everything is included that the webworker enjoys. In the first edition, both Nils and I are represented with a text. Some of us Webkrauts always seem to be involved in some way.

In terms of content, it could be journalistically broader for my taste. I complain about that almost everywhere: Sometimes an interview, a comment, a column, a gloss, a report, a portrait. Just to loosen up the content (of course this also applies to webkrauts.de). But it was also the first edition.

After reading the first issue, the title doesn't seem very appropriate to me: The ›PHP‹ naturally creates a similarity to PHP Magazin, but there isn't that much PHP in the whole issue to justify the title. Rather, you might scare off a few readers who could then do something with the content? «

»I think the decision of S&S Verlag to publish another magazine with a different target group in addition to the PHP magazine is courageous and correct. Many developers deal with PHP on a daily basis without needing or even understanding the sometimes highly specialized articles in the PHP magazine. Basically, another all-round developer magazine is being created, such as t3n or the web standards magazine, with its own focus. In view of the range of content that developers - especially the self-employed - have to cover today, this decision is a good and correct one.

The quality of the content of the first edition was very unstable. It was not particularly good in the non-PHP articles, as I described in a detailed test. The articles are longer than with t3n, so they can also go into greater depth. In terms of quality, however, they can neither come close to t3n nor to the Web standards magazine. That will have to change in the coming editions. "

Weave

The Weave appears every two months at a price of 14.80 euros.
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The new Weave has also been in stores since Friday. In May, readers of the page were able to take a look at a beta edition. The Weave is, so to speak, the younger sister of the Page and is completely dedicated to the web. The website reads: »the new magazine for interactive media«. It is already clear that the Weave has a different orientation than the first two magazines. It's a lot about rich media, so the content is a little further away from our usual web herb topics. Nevertheless, Stefan Nitzsche is a weaving herb among the authors.

What does the Weave offer? According to the website: »Using detailed case studies, WEAVE illuminates the conceptual and technical aspects of specific projects. It shows what to look out for when planning, creating, implementing and operating digital media. One part of the workshop provides step-by-step instructions and tips about tools, workflows, usability and much more. "

»The Weave clearly has a different target group than the first two issues. As with the page, the focus is on the everyday life of the big agencies. It's about Scrum at Xing and projects for adidas or Jägermeister. It is a long way from what I do for customers. Still, I find the stories exciting.

Overall, I liked the Weave a lot better than I initially thought. In particular, you notice the stronger editorial / journalistic touch - especially in comparison to the other two magazines here. There are reportage-like set pieces, people are placed more in the foreground, text mostly contains quotations. The whole issue is also drawn up a number more graphically.

It seems to me as if the first two issues from the web are approaching the print, while the page from the print area is now approaching the web with the weave. Not all of our Webkrauts readers will like it, but I will keep buying it. I'm already at the shortcoming: I like to pay more for the journalistic plus, but 14.80 euros every two months is comparatively steep. "

»As expected, the web special edition of the page is more complex in terms of layout than the two competitors. More time-consuming is not the same as better, in this case it is too confusing, cramped and individual for me. The layout and the occasional appearance of lifestyle and gadget topics remind me of the late Tomorrow. Not a particularly flattering comparison, I know.

The target group of the magazine should be fewer developers, more graphic designers and conceptualists. Unfortunately, like the page, this target group is also given the impression that the Internet consists essentially of Flash, a little Silverlight and Adobe AIR.

It's great that Weave focuses on conception and usability intensively. It would be nice if the actual web technologies and not just multimedia plugins could be opened. «

»WEAVE has been on my desk for a few days and I am pleased to be able to contribute an article on my favorite subject of customer communication in January. The magazine is clearly aimed at the designers among the web workers. The magazine is clearly a child of PAGE, but weights the content differently and looks fresher and livelier thanks to external authors. The hip layout, which leaves the impression of a new media lifestyle magazine, is particularly lively - which is probably what is intended.

Although RIA, Flash and Interaction dominate the content of the first issue, the article by Stefan Nitzsche shows that usability and conception are finally arriving there too. Should this path become a little wider and the price a little narrower, the WEAVE offers web designers an inspiring addition to the classic themes of the font end. "