In Praise Of The Basics

Smashing Magazine

Geoff is a technical editor and writer at Smashing Magazine who also works as an independent contractor teaching front-end design and development. He emphasises the importance of understanding the basics of web development, such as HTML and CSS, despite the rise of more complex tools and libraries that somewhat abstract these essentials. Geoff suggests that while there are many excellent resources for learning web development, many are focused on those with at least some technical knowledge or seem to assume a certain learning style. Therefore, learning paths for different types of learners may not be effectively established. To address this, he has created an online course called, which provides various forms of learning materials to help beginners grasp the fundamentals.

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