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Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities in Modern Web Development - Zach Leatherman
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Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities in Modern Web Development - Zach Leatherman

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In this episode of the Mechanical Ink podcast, Schalk Neethling sits down with Zach Leatherman, a renowned figure in the web development community, best known for his work on the static site generator 11ty. Their conversation takes us through a journey of understanding the intrinsic link between web performance and accessibility, shining a light on the importance of ensuring the web remains an inclusive space for all.

As they delve into the role of open source in the tech ecosystem, Zach shares his perspective on how it serves as a crucial platform for learning and growth, especially for junior developers navigating the complexities of the web. The discussion on web components and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) brings to the forefront the challenges and opportunities that lie in the adoption and development of these technologies, amidst the backdrop of an industry dominated by tech giants and potential harm to the health of the open web.

This episode not only provides a deep dive into the technicalities of web development but also celebrates the spirit of sharing and collaboration that defines the open-source community. Zach's insights into the future of web development, coupled with Schalk's probing questions, make for an enlightening discussion that's as informative as it is inspiring. Whether you're a budding developer or a seasoned pro, there's something in this conversation for everyone who's ever marveled at the power and potential of the web.


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Mechanical Ink Studio - Open Source - Open Web
Mechanical Ink Podcast
The Mechanical Ink podcast is a podcast about the open-source ecosystem. We speak to project maintainers, open-source companies, and companies who play a critical role in ensuring a healthy ecosystem. We ask the tough questions but also celebrate the wins and acknowledge open-source software's critical role in the world.