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With the explosive growth of the World Wide Web, companies have flocked to use Internet technology to communicate worldwide—with employees, customers, clients, buyers, future stockholders, and so on. As a result, these companies need people who can create sites to fit their needs and the needs of their target audience, as well as maintain and update them when appropriate.

In the early years of the Internet, most information presented was text only with no pictures. Today, very few sites still use a text-only format; the vast majority have evolved to use the latest technologies for graphics, video, audio, and interactive forms and applications.

For most companies, the first Internet sites were created and maintained by a sole individual who was a jack-of-all-trades. Now, these sites are often designed, implemented, and managed by entire departments composed of numerous individuals who specialize in specific areas of Web site work. The Web developer is the individual with the technical knowledge of programming to implement the ideas and goals of the organization into a smoothly flowing, informative, interesting Web site. Because of evolving technology, Web developers need to acquire and maintain more specialized skills and technological expertise.

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