The browser will always do its best to output something useful whether it’s parsing a badly authored document, unable to retrieve dependencies or 10 years out of date.
Jeremy Keith adactio
An Irish web developer living in Brighton, England working with Clearleft.
If there were only iPhones, the job of web developers would be much easier. But, of course, most people in the world would then have no access to the Web. Call me “Captain Priority of Constituencies”, but denying most of the world access to the Web in order to make a few people’s lives easier is what computer scientists term “getting it wrong” and “missing the point”.
In a sense, Silicon Valley in 2014 is like Wall Street in the ’80s. It’s the obvious destination for the work-hard-play-hard set, those well-coiffed strivers looking to get ahead while living in a kind of privilege bubble that’s insulated from the criticism flung its way by outsiders.
WhatsApp wasn't born in Silicon Valley on an iPhone, rather it fought its way to a $16B exit by providing an awesome messaging experience to the middle billion, those living on $10 a day. And you know what, on $10 a day you probably don't have an iPhone or an Android handset. Rather you are probably carrying around a "feature phone", one of a thousands variations of handsets built by Nokia or Samsung running a version of Java 2 Mobile Edition. (J2ME)
I’m not a content producer. I’m a sodding writer. Call me a shitty writer by all means, but not a content producer.
Geocities was an important facilitator in bringing the web to the world. Prior to the free hosting service, the internet was a considerably more cloistered place for hobbyists and people who knew their way around some code. When it started up in 1995, Geocities helped mark the shift of the internet from academia to an instrument of the people. But a website is not like a book. Even if your... publishing house goes out of business or Barnes and Noble goes bankrupt, your books still exist somewhere out there in the world. When Geocities announced it was going away, that meant that all 38 million of those websites would disappear too.
One of our biggest failings as a “remembering” civilization is our lack of foresight; we seem to not realize that saving things now—mundane as they may seem—will pay off in spades years later. The nascent film industry of the Silent Era was especially guilty of this. Rather than saving archival versions of films companies like Selig and Keystone would play prints until they caught fire and then... melt them down into their component parts to be reformed into blank media. As a result most films made between 1905 and 1926 are lost to the world. What a crime!
Good writers hate bad writing but hating bad writing doesn’t make you good. Writing badly does.
Hi Dan - Community is my favorite television show and Grantland is one of my favorite websites, so when Grantland posted an article about you today I read it. And also the article Alex Pappademas wrote about you a while ago, I read all of its words. I think I am like you, I am the most brilliant amazing person I know. And also an egomaniac asshole. But I'm only 21 years old. What advice do you have for a 21 year old version of yourself? from danharmon.tumblr.com
People talk about untranslatable words, but in a way, there’s no such thing. It may take three words, or an entire sentence, or even an interpolated paragraph, but any word can be translated. Short of swelling a book into an encyclopedia, however, there is no way of dealing with the larger problem: untranslatable worlds.
Many W3C specifications are so cryptic that they require the sacrifice of your sanity and a secret W3C decoder ring to read. I never understood why these documents were so difficult to read, and after years of study on the matter, I think I found the answer. It turns out that most specification editors are just crap at writing.
I don’t envy those just entering the field of web development. In addition to learning the fundamentals, there’s an expectation to be proficient in an increasingly exhausting laundry list of buzzwords and technologies. I’m seven years into my career and still feel like I’m still on Chapter 1 of the Big Book of Web Design.
Being close to the network does not mean being on Facebook, thought it can mean that, too. It does not mean pushing low-res images to Instagram, although there’s nothing wrong with that. What the network represents, in my mind, is a sort of ledger of humanity. The great shared mind. An image's distance to it is the difference between contributing or not contributing to that shared ledger.
The web replaced a large amount of desktop apps of old and made them hardware and location independent. Now we go back full cycle to a world where consuming web content means downloading and installing an app on your device – if it is available for yours, that is.
When I became a web designer in 1995, you had to know HTML and Photoshop. Today’s landscape is so dense with technologies on top of technologies inside of technologies, each cluster forming its own passionate (and, to an outsider, opaque) community, that I wonder how someone new to the field even begins to learn it, let alone achieve competence. I worry that our growing specialization will... interfere with collaboration and prevent us from seeing our work whole. I hope we never lose sight of the power of shared standards and the importance of simplicity, let alone of the human being our work serves.