What do I want to learn in 2014?

It’s the start of a new year, and lots of folks are making resolutions. I’ve never been big on new year’s resolutions myself, but I did want to think about what I want to learn in 2014.

I had a great 2013 – most notably because we welcomed our second child into the family. He’s been an absolute blast, and I wouldn’t trade a minute with him (well, maybe some of the late night wakings).

However, I don’t feel like I actually learned that many new things in 2013 when it comes to web development and design. I built several large projects for work, and even one large personal project, but I was mostly working in existing skill sets.

In the web world, and in Front End Development specifically, if you stop learning, you’re going to get run over – quickly.

So, I put together a list of things that I want to learn more about in the coming year:

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Not Communicating is Not an Option

I was reminded of a basic, fundamental aspect of professionalism recently. I think this applies to any line of service work, no matter what the industry or client.

I had a bad experience this weekend with a contractor who was supposed to come to our house and do some work on some trees. They were supposed to show up at an appointed time, but didn’t. I called 45 minutes later, and I was told that they were at another job site, and would call back in a couple hours. They didn’t. It was basically radio silence all day long.

By the time I eventually did hear from the contractor, I had already reached out to another arborist to do the work instead.

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Front End Developers – the seamstresses of the web?

I’ve been thinking of myself more and more lately as a craftsperson. I’ve officially taken on the title “front end developer” as opposed to “web designer”, though I still do get the opportunity to design in my current projects.

As a front end developer, the things I take pride in tend to all be matters of how something is achieved, rather than deciding why it exists.

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