Jens Oliver Meiert

Web Frameworks in a Nutshell

Post from January 24, 2015 (↻ November 22, 2017), filed under .

My next book is coming there! “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks.” (I dropped hints here and there.) I’m wrapping it up with the team of O’Reilly as we speak. We expect it to ship this quarter.

In the book, I share much of my experience architecting, developing, and maintaining web frameworks, as I’ve done for Google, Aperto, and GMX (though there we hadn’t called them frameworks). While frameworks come and go there are some principles that make them high quality, last longer, and easier to work with.

A recap taken from the book, which really is short and sweet for I didn’t set out to write an 800-page encyclopedia, as follows.

Professional web development is about quality. Quality is not easy to define, but one part of it is tailored code. External frameworks, if without customization options, are impossible to tailor for users and a pain to tailor for developers. Internal frameworks are much easier to handle and generally the way to go. Good frameworks aim for highest quality, are tailored, usable, and extensible. Framework users should follow the documentation and not overwrite framework code. Framework developers should have principles, a prototype, quality management tools, a maintenance plan, and healthy interest in documentation. And still, things can go wrong.

So much for a first impression. I’ll keep you updated. Have a closer look.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on April 29, 2020.

I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m a web developer and author. I love trying things (including philosophy, art, and adventure). Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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Perhaps my most relevant book: CSS Optimization Basics (2018). Writing CSS is a craft. As craftspeople we strive to write high quality CSS. In CSS Optimization Basics I lay out some of the most important aspects of such CSS. (Also available in a bundle with Upgrade Your HTML and The Web Development Glossary.)

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