Be the cornerstone of the front-end community

This is an open letter to Kaj Rietberg. It is open, because every future front-end web developer should be able to take a peek.

Dear Kaj,

Since you were one of my participants in the jQuery workshop, we have been in regular contact on the subject of front-end web development. It is great to see you pulling as much information, hints and tips out of my brain, I really appreciate it and learn from it myself too! Not just me and you, I think everyone around you has the same observation.

The great enthusiasm you show, is of great value. Please don't lose it.


Do not lose your countless energy to dive into a subject and gather opinions from everyone who want to share their bit of enthusiasm.

One thing you also do into a great account, is giving back to other, new front-end web developers. The writings on Twitter about your findings, and longer articles on your blog when it gets a bit more complicated for one hundred forty characters, both are valuable for at least one person.

You got another thing right, and that is the willpower to go out of the daily routine of working and living. Being a student for a workshop or a attendee at a conference is not only insightful and educative, is is also the cornerstone of the front-end society. It leads to more fun, and the more fun people you know, the more information and opinions you can use in your master plan. I hope you can make your mind up about the great amount of conferences organised in the field. To attend, or just to watch the videos of that are shared afterwards.

I also have a few tips for you in this piece of writing.

The first is, that this field is becoming rather luxe field of working. Lots of wealthy companies to work. Great benefits for working there too, both the salary and the extras. I hope you can get used to it, but don't become attached. The sine wave in which the wealth is plotted is not at all shaped as the one on your graphical pocket calculator.

The second tip I'd like to share is: pick a 'side'. Not the front-end or back-end side, you did that already. Within the next few months it would be wise to pick something you'd want to spend 50% of the time you work on.

The complexity of the field is a magnitude or three larger than it was when I started out. Even within a language of CSS you can focus on one thing only. Within JavaScript there are more frameworks, libraries and tools to choose from—and that make sense to pick—than lines of code in the jQuery source. (Do not check it, it's quite a lot.)

But continue to keep a general interest in everything that happens in the field. Other fields can give you insights that strengthen your understanding of our internet field.

Also, determine if you would like to do more writing, or speaking, or managing, or designing, or coding, or open sourcing. Every of those point of views on those 'sides' I mentioned earlier has its pros and cons. I think, that over the course your internship, you will get a few of those great point of views from the inside out, some a bit less, and some maybe not at all.

Like I said, keep on learning. Keep on sharing. Keep on being an inspiring person on the level you like to be 'the one who is inspiring'.

Go forth and be that "Kaj Rietberg, I am the front-end web developer, bitches" you could put on your business card!

Kind regards,


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