Pale males of webdev

September 19, 2006

My, the kerfuffle kicked up by the ethnic and gender composition of the recent “Future of Webapps” conference! I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m sure the reason that there weren’t more female cutting-edge webdevs of color speaking is that we’re all too busy developing on our innovative stacks (two of the four commercial Comet installations are tech-managed by women, after all) and founding early-stage startups and stuff. It’s hard to find time to get away! And I personally only like to speak at Open Source conferences… I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the ones that are obviously driven by profit-motive (modulo OSCON). So really, there’s no need at all to assume any bias on the part of the conference organizers! πŸ™‚

3 Responses to “Pale males of webdev”

  1. Adam Says:

    Four commercial Comet installations: Gtalk, Jot, Meebo, Renkoo. πŸ™‚

  2. I am a male jewish-buddhist-peacenick (semitic; does that make me “of color” or “not of color”?) webdev gofer and sometimes helper, so i don’t know what category that puts me into; i read howard zinn
    and hope that the diversity and the fight for diversity he has spent his life researching and documenting, can help to open some doors and add some color to SV.

    humbly submitted,

  3. c Says:

    Hi, its great to see female web-developers/programmers.
    I hope to be as good as you someday.

    but slugging through code is really tough. i love web development… but sometimes… it’s really a drag.

    im not too sure y im commentg but i got to your page through an article about friendster firing you. well, hang in there. might be a blessing in disguise πŸ™‚

    p.s. any tips on how to be really proficient in php?

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