Closing the Designer-Developer Divide

Michael Vizard

Businesses routinely struggle with the void between the people who design Web applications and those who write the code that actually makes the application work.

At the root of the problem? Designers typically create their conceptual image of the application in one format while the developers work in a different one. Needless to say, it takes a lot of extra steps for designers to hand work off to developers.

That's why it's worth noting that Adobe Systems' release this week of Flash Catalyst CS 5 includes a variety of new functions. One of the most significant is that the tools used by designers now spit out Flex code, the same underlying code that developers can use to create the applications, said Doug Winnie, principal product manager for Adobe Flash Catalyst.



This not only has the potential to reduce the time it takes to create Web applications, but also should help designers understand what is actually possible in terms of coding. This won't eliminate the divide between designers and developers, but it narrows the gap.

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