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90: Engineering the Front with Claudina Sarahe

December 16, 2014 at 6:15PM • 1 hour 37 minutes • Wiki Entry

Front-end development has changed a lot. What used to be simple text in files is now a deep stack of robust engineering tools. Is this a good change? What advantages do the power tools provide, and what might we be giving up in exchange? Claudina Sarahe joins Jen Simmons to debate.

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In This Episode

  • The latest techniques and tools in front-end development?
  • The evolution of website-making technology over 20 years
  • When is a more complex tool chain the right choice?
  • Gulp, Grunt, Broccoli, Bower, NPM — what they do
  • How front-end devs share open source code through such tools