Making Magic On the Web

By Sharon Watson, Computerworld |  Career






David Holland


















Job title: Web application developer
Company and location: Dark Horse Comics Inc., Milwaukie, Ore.

How he got the job: Holland had four years of experience in e-commerce for an online jewelry store and created interfaces for presenting items on eBay Inc. and for working with database systems. He also designed his own Web site, which served as an example of his skills.

Skills required: Good knowledge of the company’s Web and e-commerce tools, fluency in HTML, understanding of information design and structure, the ability to write elegant code and fluency in Perl or PHP server-side scripting languages.

Key soft skills: Communication, business savvy, teamwork and the ability to anticipate customer needs.

Training needed: Most of Holland’s training was on the job; he taught himself HTML. He says he expects his degree in computer graphics and animation to aid him as the Internet team adds more Flash and other multimedia features to Web sites.
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