Of all the entries we are proud to say that the winner is….
Let’s congratualate Sérgio for getting all the questions right and who has been awarded with a free Ghostlab license.
We wish great success to Sérgio and to all the other developers who participated. Keep up the great work guys and keep being awesome.
In a short interview we were happy to get to know Sérgio a bit more and we want to share it with you too.
Tell us a bit about your career
What’s the future of responsive web design?
I strongly believe in responsive web design to solve the problems this new multi device world imposes. Some argue that a specific mobile experience is better than RWD. The problem today is now to define “mobile”. We have a wide range of devices and there are no clear lines to define device categories. If you try to draw this line, you will get it wrong and maybe exclude a lot of devices. I believe RWD (and its evolutions) is the only solution to target so many devices today and in the future.
What are the top 3 most referred resources or books you recommend to people?
My list is a very unstable one. I change it a lot. Today, I would recommend Mobile-first by Luke Wroblewski, High Performance Browser Networking by Ilya Grigorik and The Mobile Book by Smashing Magazine. I also recommend my book The Mobile Web, programming for a multi device world, which was initially release in Portuguese in Brazil and now is also available in English.
What are your 80/20 principles in business and life?
I think you should spend your time with things you are passionate about, that make you a better person. Both in business and life. Those moments should be at least 80% of your life.
What do you recommend to do if somebody wants to begin a career in front-end development?
To code a lot. You will only be good at this if you write a lot of code. You should study and read a lot of course, but I think practice is the most important factor.
What are your tools of choice, software?
A Mac with Sublime Text and Chrome Canary represents 90% of my time working. Other important softwares in my workflow include Pixelmator, ImageOptim, ImageAlpha and JPEGmini. For task automation I’m a huge grunt fan.
Who are your mentors & the people you admire in the industry?
My mentors are all the people that work in Caelum, where I work. I started here 10 years ago as an intern and learned a lot from everybody here since then. And I admire many people in our fantastic industry. To name a few: Brad Frost, Ilya Grigorik, Peter-Paul Koch, Luke Wroblewski.
What blogs do you read?
I read too many blogs (currently 250 feeds on my feedly account!). A few ones I read as soon as the author publishes something new. I love QuirksBlog, PerfPlanet (which aggregates great blogs about performance), MobileXWeb, Dev.Opera, HTML5Rocks, getblog, igvita, insouciant, A List Apart.
What are your long term personal and business plan?
I intend to work in my current company for many years to come. We are a education company in Brazil with programming training (I teach front-end and mobile), online classes and a book publisher. My plan is to help the company grow to new areas and continue improving IT education in Brazil. Personally, I will keep focusing on Web development. I love to write and want to write other books (already have published 3 books in Portuguese and 1 in English).
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Stay tuned for the next challenge.
The Vanamco team.