So my career has progressed starting at graphic design, getting into web design in 99/00 and then after getting tired of having to update pages individually got into application server languages (coldfusion and recently ruby/rails).

Is this a fairly uncommon practice for most designers? I'm leaving a company and while yes i've gained friends and they're sad to see me go…*they're also concerned that they won't find a replacement that does all that I do.

I personally feel that web design is just a part of being a designer today (yeah, yeah…*i know about the whole print only or web only argument) but i would think that eventually designers would be curious and start to dip their toes in app server languages.

IS this uncommon to play both sides of the fence?