Simplicity in Web Development

As HTML, CSS and JavaScript developers, we have a plethora of commercial and open source tools available to us today. Every week seems to feature another release of a major library or framework that tries to solve everyday development problems. All of these tools promise to simplify the otherwise complex job of being a web developer. Karolina Szczur, in her recent ADC article “The Pursuit of Simplicity“, explains how we often turn to these tools hoping that they both simplify the work of coding but also simplify our code. However, each has its benefits and drawbacks and we need to be aware of them before we choose to use them. Karolina’s article, based upon her popular presentation of the same name, discusses the good and bad parts of using tools like frameworks, libraries and CSS preprocessors. Read the article and, as always, I’d love to hear your feedback.