I was thinking today that though I carry the title of Web Developer around with me wherever I go I have not been developing for the web much the last few months. Come to think of it, I cannot say that I have developed anything for the web in about five months or so.
Don’t get me wrong. I have been coding PHP like a mad penguin with 20 hands and an incredible itch at the tip of his fingers. Its just that the code I have been writing has been either framework code that drives web apps or CLI code that will be used for integration projects from the command line or cron.
And I absolutely love what I am doing. I have been employing design patters almost as though they came straight from a book. Without even knowing I was doing that.
And it made perfect sense to do it. Little modular classes that are built of maybe two methods and a property each that totally allow for expansion later just by adding the controller and the model. You just gotta love it.
And because I have had the opportunity to do so, I have been using vi(m) quite a bit more than I have in the past. In fact, today I used nothing else. And I was totally thrilled to use it.
I felt faster and way more in control without having to touch my mouse. And I was able to code, shell out, process SVN commits, file searches, CLI stuff… everything I needed to do without ever leaving my editor and without ever touching my mouse. How awesome is that?
I think my zeal for the type of coding is that I felt like a programmer today. Not a script kiddie, not a PHP n00b, but a programmer. A guy who writes code then implements it and instantiates it at the CLI to watch (you ready for this?) absolutely nothing come to the screen – because that is how we want it to work.
Yeah, I love being a geek. And it doesn’t take much to make me happy as a geek. A sweet little editor, a freaking rad OS and a great programming language like PHP. Oh yes, color me happy. And color me geek.