Alex Bea

Writing

Practice saying no

It was really in my first job out of grad school when I learned what has become the most important and most difficult lesson for modern life. I think it was in one of my first performance reviews there at 1Sky. The review was positive overall, though my manager, our digital director, identified s...

Figuring out Pattern Lab's git workflow

Being both a front end developer and a pedant, I’ve been excited about the idea of good, maintainable style guides for a while now. The promise is amazing: future development made easier to extend and harder to screw up thanks to comprehensive documentation of all the styles the site needs. Patte...

Giving Up the Domain

I’d hazard a bet that upwards of 90% or more of web developers working today have an unbuilt idea. There was that one day in a brainstorming session, in a coffee shop, stuck in traffic, or on the john when an thought struck. Wouldn’t it be great if there was…

Talking Semantic HTML5 Structural Elements and IWP

I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to speak on a few professional topics in my careers, but I don’t think I found a talk I’ve given as interesting and useful as this one. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to our local web development Meetup group about a pretty elementary topic: HTML5 semantic struc...