A pretty good summary of some key indie web ideas.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Monday, November 28th, 2016
I particularly enjoy teaching people who have zero previous experience of making a web page. There’s something about explaining HTML and CSS from first principles that appeals to me. I especially love it when people ask lots of questions. “What does this element do?”, “Why do some elements have closing tags and others don’t?”, “Why is it
textarea and not
input type="textarea"?” The answer usually involves me going down a rabbit-hole of web archeology, so I’m in my happy place.
But there’s only so much time at Codebar each week, so it’s nice to be able to point people to other resources that they can peruse at their leisure. It turns out that’s it’s actually kind of tricky to find resources at that level. There are lots of great articles and tutorials out there for professional web developers—Smashing Magazine, A List Apart, CSS Tricks, etc.—but no so much for complete beginners.
Here are some of the resources I’ve found:
- MarkSheet by Jeremy Thomas is a free HTML and CSS tutorial. It starts with an explanation of the internet, then the World Wide Web, and then web browsers, before diving into HTML syntax. Jeremy is the same guy who recently made CSS Reference.
- Learn to Code HTML & CSS by Shay Howe is another free online book. You can buy a paper copy too. It’s filled with good, clear explanations.
- Zero to Hero Coding by Vera Deák is an ongoing series. She’s starting out on her career as a front-end developer, so her perspective is particularly valuable.
If I find any more handy resources, I’ll link to them and tag them with “learning”.
Sunday, June 5th, 2016
Why Get on the Indie Web?
In a word, autonomy.
- What is the Indie Web?
- How Can You Get on the Indie Web?,
- Where is the Indie Web? and
- Who is the Indie Web?
The Indie Web is made of people. It’s made by me. It can be made by you too. There’s no gatekeeper. You can join anytime without anyone’s permission. The Indie Web is made by everyone.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Don’t do it. Don’t click that button just one more time. Don’t.
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
What would Google+, YouTube and Facebook have looked like in 1997?
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Burying physical copies of dead websites in a Croatian cave.
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Oh, what a lovely metaphor! What's your online home?
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
news @ nature.com - Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye - Potential readers can make snap decisions in just 50 milliseconds.
People enjoy being right, so continuing to use a website that gave a good first impression helps to 'prove' to themselves that they made a good initial decision.