Daniel Johnson Founder & Creator

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Hello, I'm Daniel

...and I have over a decade of experience in web, app, and game design and development. Currently, I'm based near the sunny beaches of Ponte Vedra, Florida...

Over the course of my career, I've tackled a broad range of disciplines which include coding, design, illustration, photography, film, music, gaming, writing, marketing, and business. While I mainly focus on the front-end side of things, I strive to continually learn and grow my skill-set in a variety of subjects.

In order to implement an idea, my process usually includes using package managers, preprocessors, bundlers, CDNs, fallbacks, and linters to easily create meaningful HTML, organized CSS, and efficient JavaScript. I'm always on the lookout for new tools, and enjoy finding new techniques that can help improve my workflow.

Even with years of experience, I still have to use documentation and cheat sheets while I work. I realized early in my career that trying to memorize everything about every language is an unrelenting approach to learning. Knowledge has become cheap due to the advances of the Internet, and creative execution is now a more valuable skill to learn.

This is also why the traditional education system has started to show its age. Unfortunately, this traditional way of thinking has also produced a sometimes broken interview process where you may be asked to write code on a whiteboard with limited time while being observed like you're some kind of monkey in an experiment. Given the nature of coding, it's unrealistic to think this kind of approach to understanding someone's capabilities is practical.

In other words, the ability to find and creatively use what you're looking for is more meaningful than trying to memorize an entire documentation worth of APIs. As a brilliant mind once said, "Never memorize something that you can look up." - Albert Einstein.

I may not know everything off the top of my head, but I don't have to. It's fairly simple these days to find solutions to problems. Heck, you don't even have to type anything if you use Google's voice search.

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