However, the pendulum keeps swinging. We are back in a big growth phase for web technologies, and there are a lot of good programmers who have taken up residence here. There are interesting challenges, in this space. There are things worth exploring and learning -- yes, even for game developers -- especially for game developers.
Having gone swimming in web technology after a hiatus of almost a decade, I have the following observations to make:
1.) JQuery is awesome.If you type "jquery is awesome" into Google, you get 5,480,000 hits. If you type "jquery sucks" into Google, you get 436,000 hits. How many things get that kind of love from programmers?
In the days before Ajax, we did insane things. I created magic with DHTML and hidden frames, but it was black magic. It was hard and it was ugly. Ajax got rid of the hidden frames, but it was really JQuery that made the DHTML part of it considerably less painful, and for that, I am pleased.