This blog focuses on my journey to become a world class frontend dev/software engineer/js ninja. What qualifies someone as world class? In my eyes, these are people who contribute to the advancement of web technologies, web standards and to the knowledge base of the industry. Thought leaders. Doers. Here is a list of some of the developers I stalk on the interwebs.
Currently working as a Project Manager over at google, his contributions to front end development have been prolific: HTML5 Boilerplate, Bower, Modernizr, jQuery, Yeoman, etc. His work as a HTML5 evangelist is also very impressive. This blog post from 2008 alone shows how influential Mr. Irish has been. Read his blog (literally read all of his blog) and try to watch his talks, you will learn something.
The man behind CSS-TRICKS (the number one resource for all things CSS) and the Co-Founder of CodePen (checkout his Pen). In your down time search out tutorials by Mr Coyier, he is a great teacher. Also checkout his podcast Shop Talk, which is great resource for all things web design and development. Chris’s site.
Nicholas C. Zakas
His current title says it all, Web Performance Engineer - Google. Grigorik’s Website Performance Optimization Udacity course is the greatest 4 hours I’ve ever invested. Today, you can’t call yourself a serious front end developer if you don’t understand the basics taught in this course. His book High Performance Browser Networking is a great read if you want to (and you should) understand how the interweb works. Ilya’s site.
Kyle Simpson, Open Web Evangelist - You Don’t Know JS
Marcy Sutton, Senior Front-End Engineer Deque Systems Inc, blog
You can learn from all of these wonderful people. Follow the links and expand your mind. One day I hope to be on your list.