Connecting and sharing content and code let developers learn from each other’s work. The web lets you leap in and get started quickly. Developers keep finding new ways to work with and think about creating on the web.
- The web taught me how to make websites, which is a brilliant idea when you think of this thing that can teach people how to extend itself. So the fact that people were sharing, and connecting right from the start has had a huge effect on my life and on my work. - In this industry and especially in front-end development, because you can view anyone's source, I think it's really neat because we can see how other people are building things and we can talk about how we are building things, and then we can learn from each other.
- I'm one of those people who, interests move around a lot. So, I like the web because of the speed of things. Things change so much and I love that. I get bored with things pretty easily, so the web doesn't give you an opportunity to get bored. It's just, go go go, and I think I love that the most about it. - I like that it's big and broken. I like that we can break it more. Because we can't, I mean clearly there are people who could do grand scale damage to the web, but not us web developers.
We can get in and screw with it however we want and we can fix it just as easy. - We're still making it up as we go along, and that's what I love about this job, is the excitement of new things and new discoveries. - It's an endlessly fascinating problem, because I think the intersection of how does the technology work, and how does it change the way that people think about what it means to publish or what it means to communicate? That never gets old.
- We are back to our roots, in a sense. It's all about simplicity, it's all about ease-of-use, it's all about accessibility, it's all about functionality. Which is the way it was way back in the beginning, when I was using Mosaic. It was simple links, very simple rudimentary navigation, information architecture that was easy to understand. Somewhere in the middle we got lost and then we finally found our way back, and I love that. - This is this thing that we all live and work in and try to ply our trade in, but at the same time it has the potential to reach every person on the planet.
We've got these massive emerging markets in the developing world who are clamoring for access to our work, on phones that are incredibly low-powered and cheap, and on networks that are lower than 3G networks, that this is the bottom of the network band. But we can in theory serve them with our stuff. We can bring design to them, we can bring content to them. We can help them complete the task they need on a daily basis. This is a really amazing medium that we work in.
There's so many talented people working on it, it's really humbling at times to be part of it. (keyboard clicking) - The ability just to connect to each other, and help each other, I mean that feature, that fundamental aspect of the web helped me survive the last couple of years. I don't know where I'd be without the ability to share what I was experiencing, and just in blogging about stuff and sharing things and having people say, "Man we hear you, "and we're here." Really helped me in profound ways.
In ways that I don't think I could ever express, and that most of those people will never know. The web made all that possible. And I love that that capability is there. (bright, playful music)
In the film, Matt Griffin knits together a narrative from dozens of conversations with important figures from throughout the web's history. He interviews Tim Berners-Lee, Denise Jacobs, Jeffrey Zeldman, Ethan Marcotte, Chris Wilson, Lyza Danger Gardner, Eric Meyer, Irene Au, Alex Russell, Trent Walton, Val Head, Jonathan Snook, and many more. The result is a series of unique insights about why the web is structured the way it is, why standards matter, how mobile disrupted everything, and why the web isn't done growing.