Hi, I’m Jens Oliver Meiert (short: Jens, which is almost pronounced like “yes”). I’m an expert on web development where I specialize in HTML and CSS optimization. I’m based in Hamburg, the city that inspired the food. In the past I used to share all sorts of career highlights and personal priorities (and also photos), but here are three major pieces to know about me:
I’ve worked for a variety of companies, but one of my most important stations has been Google (Switzerland and U.S.). I’ve developed Google’s first HTML/CSS frameworks (Go and Maia). I’ve also built and led a team on quality assurance on the Google Webmaster Team, as well as one for Google’s company-wide HTML/CSS coding guidelines.
I’ve written 13 books and booklets (you can get them at Amazon, Leanpub, or O’Reilly), some for my publisher, some self-published, most about tech, a few about other topics, some popular, many not. I frequently write articles, many for meiert.com, others for Smashing Magazine, A List Apart, or heise (where I still run a column). Occasionally, I give talks.
I’ve traveled the world solo for one and a half years, visiting 6 continents and 48 countries. Overall I’ve been to a third of all countries in the world, and I like the idea of having seen half until I die (I still travel but it’s not a high priority). One of my books describes the 2013–2015 journey, just as another describes how I don’t only explore places, but also activities.
Perhaps my most useful book: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks (2015). Why? Because both the use and the development of frameworks starts with the needs of our projects, and only we know these needs.
Perhaps my most interesting book: 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (2013). During my time in the States I started trying everything. Everything. Then I noticed that wasn’t only fun, it also brought many benefits.