My job, explained so my mom can understand it
"I am a freelance Ruby and Rails developer". When I talk with my geek friends, everyone understands what I do and they have a reasonable understanding of how I spend my day. But sometimes, less technical people ask me what I do for a living and then I tend to dumb down the answer: "I am a programmer, I usually build websites.". Oh -they say- my nephew also make websites, he even built me a blog in Blogger.
Err... yes, but that hardly has anything to do with what I do for a living.
There are many different kinds of websites, built with different technologies, and depending on the site and the technology used to build it, they are made by one kind of professional or another. The craft of building a website comprises many different disciplines, and professionals usually specialize in just one part of the process. Although I do many different things, my specialization is mainly programming dynamic websites using Ruby and Rails.
In this article I want to