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Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?

Learning web development from scratch can be a daunting task. In addition to programming languages, there are all kinds of tools it seems you need to master just to get started: bundlers, taskrunners, package managers, transpilers… when and how did web development get to be so complicated? In this talk, we’ll follow the evolution of a web page through time, introducing it to technical obstacles and innovations until we arrive at present day. We’ll come away with a better appreciation for the problems our modern tools solve, and historical context for how the field has evolved.

Jory is a consultant and educator working to improve collaboration in open source and open standards communities as a member of several industry boards and standards setting organizations. She is sponsored by Bocoup to advocate for web developers on Ecma International’s Executive Committee, the JS Foundation Technical Architecture Committee, the W3C Advisory Council, the MDN Product Advisory Board, and works on projects with Ecma TC39, Ecma TC53, and Web Platform Tests.

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