Dilemmas of Modern Web Development

August 12, 2015

My former colleague, Aaron Gustafson, recently wrote a post that I think would be well worth your time to read. Aaron’s thoughts were in response to different posts about “pushing the Web forward.”

In his post, Aaron tackles a lot of current debates/topics about the rapid development of features in different browsers and trying to make the Web more of a native experience. Here is a sample of the different things Aaron muses upon:

These are some thoughts that stood out to me near the end of the article that I believe give encouragement to the modern Web designer or developer.

“The sheer volume of new drafts, specs, and concepts (not to mention tooling options) is overwhelming. I’m sure I don’t know half of the features that are in the HTML5 spec, let alone the umpteen CSS3 modules. I probably never will. And I’m ok with that. I’ll pick and choose the bits I’m interested in playing around with and find ways to integrate them into my practice a little at a time. That’s how we learn. That’s how we’ve always learned.”

“We learn and we share. And the tools we have today make it even easier to do so. Not only do we have the usual magazine and blogging outlets, but we also have CodePen and JS Bin and Github and more.”

One of the things I enjoyed about working with Aaron was hearing his thinking about these sort of topics. I really appreciate his balanced perspective in things.

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