As a child, Kunal Golani loved playing with the components of a computer’s processor, trying to explore how the parts of a computer’s motherboard worked together to carry out commands.
His curiosity and inclination towards computers made him take up computer science as his engineering major after college. However, it was at the US-based company called PeopleFluent in Bengaluru, where he first decided to become a web developer.
Web developers can work at any company that has a website or an application designed to run in browsers like Gmail or Facebook, for instance. Myntra, the online shopping store, was undergoing a website redesign when he joined in 2012 and he was quick to get totally involved in it. “We decided to make website performance one of the major goals. The most challenging part was the search page with all the dynamic filters and sorting, among others. We got a praise for the new website and it was a success,” he adds.
On key things that any web developer should keep in mind, Golani says, is that they should be able to ensure that users can see every detail about the products being represented by the product site developed by them. Websites have to be user-friendly and easily downloadable. “The images of any product are usually large and take more time to download. So we have to optimise their size to ensure that our users don’t have to wait too long to look at a product they like. We also ensure that all the information about the product is easily available. Most importantly, the website should look good and be super fast.”
Web designers want their sites to attract many eyeballs, but they face fierce competition from e-commerce websites and mobile apps that vie for users’ attention and time. Apps usually provide a better and faster experience since they run directly on the mobile device and not a browser. However, while apps run only on smartphones, websites can be accessed through computers as well. “Sometimes you may find an app for iPhones but not find it on the Android platform, but all websites are accessible from any device. We strive to make our mobile websites faster and easier to use,” Golani says.
“It’s fun to be working in a space that requires hard technical skills, and to discuss such problems with colleagues. I enjoy writing code and seeing it work - it never fails to amaze me to see what wonders a few characters on a screen can make a computer do,” Golani says.