Put Down the Javascript – Level Up with the Fundamentals of Web Development


Seasoned and beginner alike, developers have a habit of jumping right into a framework or new technology that makes a lot of promises while also glazing over important fundamentals that without, tend to hold back a website or application’s potential. Without some basic knowledge of HTML, you might inadvertently exclude people from learning about your company through your website due to poor accessibility. Lacking an understanding or simply being afraid of CSS, you might be more prone to add unnecessary libraries on top of libraries that just add to the weight of the page, impacting how quickly your app can load. In this talk, we’ll go over some basic HTML and CSS strategies that can immediately be used right alongside of JavaScript including frameworks like React and Vue that will provide another range of benefits like better accessibility, simpler code, and ways you can improve SEO letting search engines like Google more easily figure out what your page is about.

11 min
11 Jun, 2021

AI Generated Video Summary

Let's compare two friends, Mark and Luke, who take different approaches to web development. Mark struggles with React while Luke focuses on HTML and CSS fundamentals and lands a job. The importance of CSS, SEO, and accessibility in web development is discussed. The talk emphasizes the significance of web accessibility and simplicity. Building scalable websites and learning resources are also highlighted.

Check out more articles and videos

We constantly think of articles and videos that might spark Git people interest / skill us up or help building a stellar career

React Advanced Conference 2021React Advanced Conference 2021
39 min
Don't Solve Problems, Eliminate Them
Humans are natural problem solvers and we're good enough at it that we've survived over the centuries and become the dominant species of the planet. Because we're so good at it, we sometimes become problem seekers too–looking for problems we can solve. Those who most successfully accomplish their goals are the problem eliminators. Let's talk about the distinction between solving and eliminating problems with examples from inside and outside the coding world.

React Summit Remote Edition 2020React Summit Remote Edition 2020
32 min
AHA Programming
Are you the kind of programmer who prefers to never see the same code in two places, or do you make liberal use of copy/paste? Many developers swear the Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY) philosophy while others prefer to Write Everything Twice (WET). But which of these produces more maintainable codebases? I've seen both of these approaches lay waste to codebases and I have a new ideology I would like to propose to you: Avoid Hasty Abstractions (AHA). In this keynote, we'll talk about abstraction and how you can improve a codebase applying and creating abstractions more thoughtfully as well as how to get yourself out of a mess of over or under-abstraction.
React Summit 2023React Summit 2023
24 min
Debugging JS
As developers, we spend much of our time debugging apps - often code we didn't even write. Sadly, few developers have ever been taught how to approach debugging - it's something most of us learn through painful experience.  The good news is you _can_ learn how to debug effectively, and there's several key techniques and tools you can use for debugging JS and React apps.
React Day Berlin 2022React Day Berlin 2022
22 min
Jotai Atoms Are Just Functions
Jotai is a state management library. We have been developing it primarily for React, but it's conceptually not tied to React. It this talk, we will see how Jotai atoms work and learn about the mental model we should have. Atoms are framework-agnostic abstraction to represent states, and they are basically just functions. Understanding the atom abstraction will help designing and implementing states in your applications with Jotai
React Advanced Conference 2021React Advanced Conference 2021
36 min
Living on the Edge
React 18 introduces new APIs for rendering applications asynchronously on the server, enabling a simpler model for architecting and shipping user interfaces. When deployed on edge networking platforms like Cloudflare Workers, we can get dramatic performance and user experience improvements in our applications. In this talk, Sunil will demo and walk through this new model of writing React applications, with some insight into the implications for data fetching, styling, and overall direction of the React ecosystem.

Workshops on related topic

React Advanced Conference 2021React Advanced Conference 2021
174 min
React, TypeScript, and TDD
Workshop Free
ReactJS is wildly popular and thus wildly supported. TypeScript is increasingly popular, and thus increasingly supported.
The two together? Not as much. Given that they both change quickly, it's hard to find accurate learning materials.
React+TypeScript, with JetBrains IDEs? That three-part combination is the topic of this series. We'll show a little about a lot. Meaning, the key steps to getting productive, in the IDE, for React projects using TypeScript. Along the way we'll show test-driven development and emphasize tips-and-tricks in the IDE.

React Advanced Conference 2021React Advanced Conference 2021
145 min
Web3 Workshop - Building Your First Dapp
Workshop Free
In this workshop, you'll learn how to build your first full stack dapp on the Ethereum blockchain, reading and writing data to the network, and connecting a front end application to the contract you've deployed. By the end of the workshop, you'll understand how to set up a full stack development environment, run a local node, and interact with any smart contract using React, HardHat, and Ethers.js.

Vue.js London Live 2021Vue.js London Live 2021
169 min
Vue3: Modern Frontend App Development
Workshop Free
The Vue3 has been released in mid-2020. Besides many improvements and optimizations, the main feature of Vue3 brings is the Composition API – a new way to write and reuse reactive code. Let's learn more about how to use Composition API efficiently.
Besides core Vue3 features we'll explain examples of how to use popular libraries with Vue3.
Table of contents:
- Introduction to Vue3
- Composition API
- Core libraries
- Vue3 ecosystem
IDE of choice (Inellij or VSC) installed
Nodejs + NPM

React Summit 2022React Summit 2022
136 min
Remix Fundamentals
Workshop Free
Building modern web applications is riddled with complexity And that's only if you bother to deal with the problems
Tired of wiring up onSubmit to backend APIs and making sure your client-side cache stays up-to-date? Wouldn't it be cool to be able to use the global nature of CSS to your benefit, rather than find tools or conventions to avoid or work around it? And how would you like nested layouts with intelligent and performance optimized data management that just works™?
Remix solves some of these problems, and completely eliminates the rest. You don't even have to think about server cache management or global CSS namespace clashes. It's not that Remix has APIs to avoid these problems, they simply don't exist when you're using Remix. Oh, and you don't need that huge complex graphql client when you're using Remix. They've got you covered. Ready to build faster apps faster?
At the end of this workshop, you'll know how to:
- Create Remix Routes
- Style Remix applications
- Load data in Remix loaders
- Mutate data with forms and actions
JSNation 2023JSNation 2023
174 min
Developing Dynamic Blogs with SvelteKit & Storyblok: A Hands-on Workshop
Workshop Free
This SvelteKit workshop explores the integration of 3rd party services, such as Storyblok, in a SvelteKit project. Participants will learn how to create a SvelteKit project, leverage Svelte components, and connect to external APIs. The workshop covers important concepts including SSR, CSR, static site generation, and deploying the application using adapters. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a solid understanding of building SvelteKit applications with API integrations and be prepared for deployment.
React Summit 2023React Summit 2023
106 min
Back to the Roots With Remix
The modern web would be different without rich client-side applications supported by powerful frameworks: React, Angular, Vue, Lit, and many others. These frameworks rely on client-side JavaScript, which is their core. However, there are other approaches to rendering. One of them (quite old, by the way) is server-side rendering entirely without JavaScript. Let's find out if this is a good idea and how Remix can help us with it?
- Good understanding of JavaScript or TypeScript
- It would help to have experience with React, Redux, Node.js and writing FrontEnd and BackEnd applications
Preinstall Node.js, npm
- We prefer to use VSCode, but also cloud IDEs such as
(other IDEs are also ok)