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This Web Site is a Tech Talk

February 27, 2021 Watch in 45 minutes

Over the weekend I was finishing up some polish on the slides of my most recent conference talk when my daughter walked in to my office. We decided to record a short video of that interaction and put it up on Twitter.

Needless to say, the tweet—uh—went much further than I expected.

If you’re at all curious how we did it, I’ll explain it and more in this talk about building web sites. The talk also delves into Single Page Applications, Multi Page Applications, modern JavaScript Frameworks, and what I believe to be a better future for web development.

Watch on YouTube: This Web Site is a Tech Talk

March 8, 2021: Update: make sure you check out Queue Code, a service to let you live code like I did in this talk.

Slides and Source Code


I think I’ve put more work into this @smashingconf talk than any other talk I’ve given in my life 😅😅😅—October 9, 2020

I am really excited and nervous to give this talk but I also want to punch past me for being obsessed with this weird idea—October 12, 2020

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Zach Leatherman IndieWeb Avatar for a builder for the web at IndieWeb Avatar for He is the creator and 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 Netlify, Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and NebraskaJS. Learn more about Zach »


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  1. Mark Buskbjerg


    Really intrigued by the autotyping effect. I really love it!

  2. Zach Leatherman


    I’ll post the slides so that anyone can use it tomorrow!

  3. Mark Buskbjerg


    Nice. I really see a use case for this in tutorials. Like the small showcases on the frontpage of @tailwindcss docs. Yours just seems to be next step automated with the liveview and autotyping (still don't know how you did it, just watched the start of the talk)

  4. Matthew Phillips


    ShOtS fIRed 💣 ZAcH IS nOT HOldINg bACk any mOrE 🧨

  5. George Griffiths


    About 11 minutes in this gets spicy 🌶️🌶️😂😂

  6. Zach Leatherman


    😅 I’m just usually too busy to take any shots but if they can do 100 million vaccines I figure why not

  7. Paul Chin Jr.


    this is a cool talk, thanks for sharing.

  8. 🐝


    The flow of your ideas in this talk is 💯. The reveal at the end is just so satisfying.

  9. Zach Leatherman


    Thanks Paul!

  10. Zach Leatherman


    Thanks Will!

  11. Stefen 🌿🦑


    I'm calling all our websites Multi Page Applications from now on 🤣 — great talk🔥

  12. Zach Leatherman


    😄 Thanks!

  13. dan leatherman


    I was highly entertained watching this

  14. dan leatherman


    hOW did you kNOW how mUcH GreY hAIr i HAve

  15. Christopher Kirk-Nielsen


    Loving how meta this is. Excellent talk!

  16. Zach Leatherman


    Thanks Christopher!

  17. Jouni Kantola


    Good job, Zach! 🍨 The cam stream going red was fun👌

  18. Uli Troyo


    Yay! I was hoping this would wind up on YouTube. Great talk! I'm already VERY biased in favor of less JS on the frontend, but hey, we need at least a little echo in our chamber, no?

  19. Rheinard 🦊 Korf


    There goes my evening!

  20. Steve Dennett


    Funny timing. I channeled this energy today and got around to making my blog which is a no-js MPA. Created a build system that uses just markdown, html, and css files. No templating languages or webpack. Feels good.

  21. Mike Sherov (he/him) BLM


    "Not a single typo"

  22. Brian LeRoux


    Loved it! 💯💯💯

  23. Zach Leatherman


    Thanks Brian!

  24. Ehsan sarshar


    This little girl seems like Disney tinkerbell character

  25. Greg Davidson


    So good 😊 I laughed out loud many times. Thanks 🙏 so much Zach 💯

  26. Zach Leatherman


    🙌🏻 whoa 4 hundos and an ice cream—I’ll take it

  27. Ryan Carniato


    For sure, I've always been on the highly dynamic side of things, so apologies, my familiarity with static generation solutions is a bit less. But I imagine a lot of the same considerations apply.

  28. Zach Leatherman


    Oh, no—no apologies needed at all. I don’t assume anyone knows me or my work (the world is a big place) 😅

  29. Estela Franco


  30. Zach Leatherman


    FAKe It bY MaKinG IT 😅

  31. Phil Hawksworth


    I love this talk so much

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