ChannelPoint – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Team Lead / Senior Web Develop
January 2000 – November 2000
In early 2000, after the merger of MCI and Worldcom, I accepted a position at a local startup called ChannelPoint (no longer in business). ChannelPoint provided online health insurance quotes and coverage information to the public health sector in both the US and Canada.
My new role as a team lead for web development team aligned me with the team lead for the web design team. The design team coordinated and handed off Photoshop documents to the web developers. The web developers would then slice the visual assets and build html templates that would be handed off to Java developers to implement on their corporate struts servers.
This was the first time that I was on a web development team that was separated by fields of expertise. Indeed, the web development world was growing up and demand was fierce for experts in each of the primary areas: design, development and systems. It sometimes seemed strange that I wasn’t working on all aspects of projects, but it allowed me to focus on development.
Quick iteration dictated that the team of junior developers reporting to me use a graphical editing tool to create clean HTML. My experience beta testing WYSIWYG HTML products and my dedication to pure code without unnecessary tags made me the perfect candidate to spear-head an initiative to standardize. Historically ChannelPoint would purchase either Dreamweaver or GoLive for a newly hired developer depending on their preference. By standardizing on one or the other I was able to provide savings through greater quantity bulk purchasing.
I kicked off a company-wide initiative to test specific code created by both Dreamweaver and GoLive. This included sample code that the teams created as well as more complex code generation tasks. Elimination of unnecessary and redundant code for tables was found to be the primary area in which GoLive took the lead over Dreamweaver. After code comparisons and collection of survey data from designers and developers, a clear winner was chosen. From the users – even the hardcore Dreamweaver users – GoLive was chosen as the WYSIWYG editor of choice. As much for its pure code generation as for its UI parity with Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Sliced original website designs using Photoshop
- Hand-coded using Adobe GoLive (WYSIWYG off by preference)
- Led team of web developers creating pure HTML for use by Java developers
- Spear-headed multi-point initiative to compare Dreamweaver to GoLive
Skills used during this role:
- Adobe GoLive
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Beyond Compare
- MS Visual Studio
- Project Management
- Relationship Management