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Zach Leatherman

Tool or Die, a Web Developer’s Workflow

March 17, 2013 Watch in 59 minutes Tagged: Speaking

This is a talk I gave at Nebraska Code Camp 2013.

“Tool and die makers are a class of machinists who work primarily in toolroom environments—…often in an environment with flexible, semipermeable boundaries from production work.”

These are the people that make the tools to make the products. This was the environment I grew up in—watching my father work as a tool and die maker. He could make anything! But more importantly, he knew the value of good tools—even if you had to construct them yourself.

Tools are important and tooling for Web Development is improving! I’ll go through a few of my favorites: Node.js, grunt.js, npm, yepnope, SASS, grunticon, Browser devtools, Testing tools, and others.

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Cory House was quick off the blocks with a review of all the talks he attended:

Zach laid out his presentation in a unique way, relying totally on hand-made lean HTML markup that slowly blossomed as he walked us through topics. I really enjoyed this iterative and novel approach – it was the perfect choice for such a markup heavy session.

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Zach is a builder for the web. He created IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.11ty.devEleventy (11ty), an award-winning open source site generator now full-time sponsored by IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.netlify.comNetlify. At one point he became entirely too fixated on web fonts. He has given 63 talks in eight different countries at events like Jamstack Conf, Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House. Formerly part of Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and NebraskaJS. Read more about Zach »

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    Nice! I’m gonna watch that tomorrow 🙂

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  1. Coremetrics Disqus

    09 Jun 2013
    Great video, I really appreciate it and love to use some of it. Thanks for sharing this!
  2. SorinJackson Disqus

    14 Jan 2015

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