I recently have had to provide updates to a website that had been built in classic ASP. The project required me to do CSS updates too. I would generally expect the CSS work to be picked up by someone else. It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s just a better use of me as a resource to the client. I simply cost more than a CSS resource.
However, I have to admit that my classic ASP and CSS skills are rusty through under use.
I’ve always hated ASP but I used to consider myself to be something of a CSS master. So when I was asked to do both, I had to explain that the CSS may take a little longer than it would if the usual guy did it.
You have to understand that not being able to do something that I feel I should be able to do, drives me mad. I was furious with myself! This was compounded with the fact that I had to create updates in ASP, a technology I despise.
So all in all I was thoroughly looking forward to the work.
As it turns out my CSS “mastery” had not died the death I thought it had. The work took shorter than I anticipated and shorter than my client had allocated. Win win. It also gave me a little confidence boost, the sort you get when you realise your unused skills aren’t outdated and maybe, just maybe there’s life in the brain cells yet!
The lesson? Old, unused skills aren’t necessarily redundant. Don’t turn your back on them.