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What we're about

I had a bit of an epiphany today, the result of a discussion with one of this group's members.

As I see it, this group is not about learning to build websites and web applications. It's about learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript and technologies related to the open web. The distinction may seem subtle, but it's significant.

These technologies are more than a web application building kit. They are raw materials, and the tools for shaping those materials into anything we like. Sure you can create a website. But you can also experiment with UX ideas, create digital signs and posters, presentations, works of art, and displays for media of all sorts. Write your own stories, and design the look and layout to match, limited only by your imagination. All of it, everything you do, immediately available to the world. All of this potential comes with virtually limitless opportunity, both within and outside of what is considered traditional web design and development. By focusing on the technologies themselves, what they are, and how they work, we can avoid pigeonholing ourselves by adopting only one restrictive point of view.

The open web is the ultimate create and share (and collaborate) platform.

Taking what can seem like a chaotic, nearly infinite heap of information… and transforming it into a structured, understandable, usable base of knowledge. That's what we're about.

We will regularly meet to build a working knowledge of the fundamentals of front-end web development and provide a framework for you to fill in as you continue to learn and work beyond this group.

We will take the approach that web development is a craft.

We'll emphasize best practices rooted in established standards. Our goal will not just be to learn a little bit about these technologies, but to become thoroughly familiar with them including: the specs themselves, all facets of development, modern design principles and responsive techniques.

This is also a chance to meet other people with similar goals and interests, in a comfortable setting. That in itself has the potential to be incredibly enriching. I can't emphasize enough that everyone is welcome! If you're sincerely interested and motivated to put in the time and effort, you will be successful and we'd love to have you join us! Community is an important part of web design and development, and there is just not enough opportunities for community involvement for people serious about this field but also still getting started. You shouldn't need to be accomplished to feel welcome.

This group is for those just starting out, absolutely. But it is also a group for people who are feeling a bit lost, and even experienced developers interested in slowing down and embracing the fundamentals of web development. We all need a solid foundation. It's the fundamentals that will serve you well when you're dealing with whatever comes along in the future.

This is a group for people who are serious about becoming competent web designers and developers.

Note 2018-1009: The group forum is down because there isn't sufficient activity to justify keeping it up. I'll put it back up when and if there's a need.

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