Think Geek: 5 Questions with Tim Leverett

September 19, 2014

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Think Geek: 5 Questions with Tim Leverett

At the crossroads of Minecraft, lemon cookies, and Stack Overflow – you’ll find Tim Leverett, front-end developer at GeekHive. The second child of Dave and Doris Leverett, Tim was born and raised in Carlisle, New York, which he claims, is home to more cows than people. After living in Japan for a year, Tim attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in 2010. When he’s not coding or mentoring junior developers, you’ll find him reading language specs and technical docs, or camping with his wife Morgan and their beloved Rottweiler, Odin.

In 140 characters or less, what is front-end web development?

Front end web development is writing the code that directly drives the user interface. Usually via HTML, CSS, and Javascript.


If a website were a cake, front-end web development would be…

The plate, fork, cake, platter, serving knife, frosting design, and glass of milk. Essentially the entire user experience. Back end development would be the ingredients, mixing bowl, and oven.


What are some creative roles or ways you’ve seen developers use their front-end web development skills?

The most creative developers find ways to do more using less code. Particularly with CSS, designs look better and websites become easier to use when there is a strong focus on simplicity and consistency.


What are some of your go-to books, links, or resources for front-end development?

First and foremost, Stack Overflow. Following that, Mozilla Developer Network is absolutely the best general web reference online short of the actual specs. I also regularly reference the w3c HTML5 spec, and keep an active eye on the w3c mailing lists for HTML and CSS to have a good idea of where web technologies are heading, months before they’re even implemented in any browser.

As far as inspiration, I have about 15 blogs that I read daily, but only a few are specific to front-end development. and are worth calling out as excellent sources for inspiration, and is worth calling out as an excellent source to learn about accessibility (a11y).


Any advice for an aspiring developer?

  • Functional code, without users, is not.
  • Premature optimization is the root of all evil.
  • Read, write, refactor, repeat.


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