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, and I work as an engineering manager at Jimdo. 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:
1. Working for Google
I’ve worked for a variety of companies, but one of my most important stations has been Google (Switzerland and United States). I’ve developed Google’s first HTML/CSS frameworks (Go and Maia). I’ve 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. My time with Google was pretty awesome. We’re still getting along very well.
2. Writing Books
I’ve written 15 books and booklets (you can get them at Amazon, Google Play Books, Leanpub, and 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 run a column). Occasionally, I give talks.
3. Trying Out Everything
I’ve traveled the world solo for one and a half years (557 days), 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. I love trying things out.
Perhaps my most comprehensive book: The Web Development Glossary (2020). With explanations and definitions for literally thousands of terms from Web Development and related fields, building on Wikipedia as well as the MDN Web Docs.
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 was also very useful.