Jens Oliver Meiert

Web Development (3)

On Tailoring and Web Frameworks

After building early frameworks for GMX and Google I had rushed to squeeze my experience into a (literally) little book. In it there’s emphasis on a priority I’ve always deemed critical for us developers: the idea of tailoring…

Post from July 13, 2016, filed under .

That’s in a Guideline

About two weeks ago I ended a little lottery to give away signed copies of my last book, The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines. Here are feedback and winners.

Post from May 17, 2016, filed under .

What’s in a Guideline? Win a Copy of the Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines!

I give away five signed copies, and to win one just comment or tweet (to @j9t), until April 30, why you deem coding guidelines important or what you find to be the most useful coding guideline.

Post from April 14, 2016, filed under .

Coding Guidelines, the Gist

What’s not to ♥ about coding standards.

Post from January 13, 2016, filed under .

The Law of Maintainability

One cannot not maintain. This is an important axiom, critical even when we recognize how little understanding and prioritization this topic enjoys in our industry…

Post from January 6, 2016, filed under .

The cover of “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines.”

New Book: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines

Out of the blue! My latest book, The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines, is now available. It’s a brief introduction into the theory and practice of coding standards. Emphasis, as the title suggests, is on HTML and CSS, and furthermore on Google’s guidelines…

Post from December 14, 2015, filed under .

What I’ve Hated and What I’ve Loved About Web Development

In On Web Development and in other contexts I’ve alluded to wrapping up, ending my old career. That’s only correct to an extent. (In keeping with the intelligence community, always put everyone at risk by adding backdoors.)

Post from September 30, 2015, filed under .

The Problem of “Fire and Forget” in Web Design

If I were to pick the main issue in web design… I couldn’t answer immediately. I don’t think there are so many, but there are a few, they are very different, they operate on different scales, and so they’re hard to compare. One, however, is “fire and forget.”

Post from September 17, 2015, filed under and .

Meiert’s Law of User-Generated Code

Whenever you allow users to edit any code of your website, you’re doomed. It’s only a matter of time until you need to rewrite the whole website—and, for an extra twist, alienate all those users.

Post from August 4, 2015, filed under .

Analytics: Only When We Do Use It

Here’s something so obvious, it isn’t anymore. Which is: We should only use analytics software when we actually use it. Not when we think we could might want to need it. And not when we only glance at it…

Post from July 27, 2015, filed under .

The cover of “On Web Development.”

New Book: On Web Development

I wrote another book. On Web Development. On Web Development is an ebook that collects most of the articles about web development (and web design) that I wrote between 2005 and 2015. Most articles as in most useful, most important, and also most controversial.

Post from July 1, 2015, filed under .

Web Standards: We’re F’ing It Up

It’s a problem to just change specs. But it’s an increasingly bigger problem not to clean and prune them. The intimidating complexity of web standard specs should precisely be a motivation, not a threat, to come up with a plan. It follows the populist version.

Post from May 18, 2015, filed under .

A Vision of Web Development

There is one thing every web developer should aspire to: writing the most minimal, semantically appropriate, valid HTML, and then never changing it. “Never” not in a sense of denial and refusal, but in the sense of a guiding light…

Post from May 13, 2015, filed under .

The Two Ground Rules of Using a Framework

Follow the documentation, don’t overwrite framework code. These two rules are golden.

Post from March 26, 2015, filed under .

Remember: April 9 is CSS Naked Day

CSS Naked Day is coming up! Why the excitement? Because CSS Naked Day is a magnificent custom; the magnificent custom to, on one day of the year, strip websites of all styling. It’s awesome because…

Post from March 19, 2015, filed under .

The Truth About !important

Sometimes I wake up at night, full of agony, tears in my eyes. The Holiest Alliance Against !important is haunting me. I see their countless crusaders gallop at innocent web developers with merciless force, incessantly blowing their deafening horns…

Post from March 10, 2015, filed under .

The cover of “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks.”

New Book: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks

It’s out! My new book, The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks, is now available. I myself have been surprised by the sudden release, and while I’m still unsure about how print copies can be obtained, the book can now be downloaded for free at O’Reilly…

Post from March 4, 2015, filed under .

Web Design and Principles

Web design has become complex. More people, more ideas, more use cases, more technical innovations, more design variations, &c. pp. More makes for more complex. However, there’s a life line helping us with this complexity, as well as trends.

Post from January 30, 2015, filed under and .

Web Frameworks in a Nutshell

My next book is coming! “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks.” I’m wrapping it up with the team of O’Reilly as we speak. In the book, I share much of my experience architecting, developing, and maintaining web frameworks, as I’ve done for Google, Aperto, and GMX…

Post from January 24, 2015, filed under .

On the Deterioration of HTML/CSS Practices

Presentational markup for everyone.

Post from January 22, 2015, filed under .

Maintainable Social Script Integration

In my book a website embeds all those third party share and like and +1 scripts, whether from Facebook or from Twitter or from Google (or from AddThis) like this: <div id=social></div>. That’s it. The reason for this brevity is maintainability.

Post from December 19, 2014, filed under .

CSS and Specificity

On one of CSS’ greatest features, and from using graphs for greater understanding to affirming fundamentals for saner coding.

Post from November 27, 2014, filed under .

Google and HTML/CSS Code Quality

For much of Google’s life time there have been few Google web pages of high code quality. That had changed over the last years, but now there are regressions. On the rise and fall of Google’s websites.

Post from October 21, 2014, filed under .

CSS, DRY, and Code Optimization

Why we should minimize repetition in style sheets—perhaps through using declarations just once—, focus more on CSS optimization, and consider that avoiding problems is also a way of solving them.

Post from October 9, 2014, filed under .

On Declaration Sorting in CSS

I keep on seeing people advocate to sort declarations “by type.” And every time I wonder, why is this idea still going around? Type sorting is extraordinarily ineffective, for it’s extremely slow and consistently unreliable…

Post from September 24, 2014, filed under .

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