Breaking Good Habits—The Digital Barn

Yesterday—11 February, 2012—I gave my first talk ever to the attendees of The Digital Barn, a small independent conference organised by Matt Watson and Kimb Jones.

My talk, Breaking Good Habits, took a look at how we as front-end developers often, and usually with the best of intentions, solve the wrong problems for the wrong people, causing ourselves maintainability nightmares in the name of ‘best practice’.

I looked at common misconceptions and offered more practical and sensible alternatives in the shape of OOCSS, and more.

I’d really like to thank everyone that turned up, but specific thanks go to:


My slides and personal notes are available online but if you are going to Front-Trends 2012 I implore you please do not look at them. I shall be reworking/repurposing this talk for my appearance in Warsaw.

Thanks all who turned out, I hope you enjoyed yourselves. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and The North needs more mini-conferences!!!

For more info on the conference itself the super-awesome Leanne Buchan did a feature with me on The Culture Vulture.

By Harry Roberts on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 in Speaking. Tags: , , | 4 Comments »


4 Responses to ‘Breaking Good Habits—The Digital Barn’

  1. James Young said on 12 February, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed the talk and congrats on such a smooth presentation for the first time! Great to finally meet as well.


  2. Keyamoon said on 12 February, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Nice slides Harry. I have myself been using similar techniques for a while now (since I learned about OOCSS). Objects and classes are definitely the way to go. I don’t know if having clean markups or long selectors even benefit the wrong people!

  3. Aniket Pant said on 13 February, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Really simple yet interesting content of your slides.

    I wish I could have attended your talk. By any chances is it going to come online?

  4. Jason Corbett said on 14 February, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Love the accompanying notes.

    Some good inspiration for a talk I’m doing at work this week on the topic of object orientated CSS.

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