Jeremy Zowodny rightly points out today that Web development is hard. Back in the good old days, I used to do mostly HTML and JavaScript stuff, writing very little code that ran on the server. After assessing my own design skills and my loathing for JavaScript and browser incompatabilities, I ran toward server-side development as fast as I could and never looked back. When you consider the fact that most applications are straightforward CRUD (create/update/delete) front ends for databases, it’s easy to see that most of the magic happens on interaction design side of things. Server-side development is both more straightforward and more lucrative. I wonder why the job market doesn’t value the skills of the Web developer as highly as it probably should.