In April 2021, Jeremy Keith gave the opening presentation at An Event Apart Spring Summit 2021. In true Jeremy-style this talk starts off with space and the early days of the web, to eventually bring us to the present day.
Watch this talk (or read the transcript). And then watch it again. It’s packed with good advice.
Lean into what web browsers can accomplish today. If you find something missing, that’s the time to reach for a library … but treat it like a polyfill. Whereas web standards stick around, every library and framework comes with a limited lifespan. Treat them as cattle, not pets.
That last quoted paragraph resonates perfectly with this tweet I sent out earlier this year:
Someone asked me whether to start learning Tailwind or CSS.
I told them to learn CSS. That knowledge is relevant today, tomorrow, and still will be 10 years from now, when Tailwind is long gone.
— Bramus (@bramus) March 5, 2021