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Mechanical Ink: Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities in Modern Web Development

In this episode of the Mechanical Ink podcast, host Schalk Neethling sits down with Zach Leatherman, the creator of #11ty (among other open-source tools) in a conversation that spans the crucial aspects of web development.
They explore the intertwined relationship between web performance and accessibility, emphasizing its global implications. The discussion also highlights the vital role of open source in fostering growth opportunities for junior developers, alongside the potential of web components in the future landscape of web tech.
Challenges surrounding the adoption of PWAs and the impact of tech monopolies on browser policies are thoroughly examined. Through this dialogue, the importance of community support and innovation within the open-source sphere is celebrated, offering valuable insights for both seasoned developers and newcomers to the field.


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Zach Leatherman IndieWeb Avatar for a builder for the web and the creator/maintainer of IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.11ty.devEleventy (11ty), an award-winning open source site generator. At one point he became entirely too fixated on web fonts. He has given 81 talks in nine different countries at events like Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, Jamstack Conf, CSSConf, and The White House. Formerly part of CloudCannon, Netlify, Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and NebraskaJS. Learn more about Zach »

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