Behind the Source

A series of interviews with the people behind the websites. From all walks of life, these stories show there isn't only one way into the world of the web.

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Series One

  1. Cassidy Williams

    I love how fast the industry moves. It’s kind of a joke to everyone how many frameworks there are but it’s great to see all of the opportunities to learn

    Cassidy Williams #S01E08

    Cassidy is the absolute boss when it comes to making web dev memes, newsletters and jokes (there is one in every rendezvous email). I was super stoked when she agreed to answer my questions and it's great to read about how she got where she is.…
  2. Matt

    I love how sharing the industry is. So many people freely give away their knowledge, learnings and code for practically anyone else to use.

    Matt Stow #S01E07

    Matt is one of those elusive people on Twitter I have followed for ages, never really engaged with but have always enjoyed the mix of tweets about web dev and his daughter. He seems to follow and talk to a lot of people I follow and talk to, so it…
  3. Stuart Nelson

    Some days I just feel like I’m playing a game and it almost doesn’t feel like a real job

    Stuart Nelson #S01E06

    Stuart approached me when I first floated the idea of Behind the Source to Codebar where he is a coach in Bristol. He had some helpful tips (and was one of the first to hear the name). This kind of interview is why I wanted to do this in the…
  4. Al Power

    One can’t help being inspired by going online and seeing what people are sharing

    Al Power #S01E05

    An absolutely legendary name, for a legendary hero. I was racking my brains as to how I met Al Power and I cannot, for the life of me, remember. We've known each other digitally for many years and have often bumped into each other at local conferences (including my own!).…
  5. Cassie Evans

    The thing I appreciate the most is that the web industry doesn’t stand still. You’re constantly learning.

    Cassie Evans #S01E04

    Cassie is an incredible front-end developer from Brighton. I've followed (and been a fan of) her since she started at Clearleft. Watching her go from front-end developer to international speaking superstar has been a joy (I'm sure Bytesconf had a big hand it that) and I was super stoked when…
  6. Stephanie Stimac

    I work on the thing that gives millions of people access to the internet and I get to empower developers to build for it

    Stephanie Stimac #S01E03

    I came across Stephanie when I was listening to Episode 8 of the the Smashing Podcast. I was in the process of curating Series One and thought it would be fascinating to have a developer who works on a browser as part of the series. The Web We Want initiative…
  7. Josh Hudson

    If you do interview, ask them questions. You are interviewing them as well as them interviewing you.

    Josh Hudson #S01E02

    Josh approached me about being featured in Behind the Source, although he needed no introduction. Having followed him on twitter for a while, I knew exactly who he was. A local (to me) Brighton web developer. I was fascinated to hear his story about how he got into the web…
  8. Sara Vieira

    Sometimes we lose track that the web was built for people and not for just us

    Sara Vieira #S01E01

    Sara and I have followed each other on twitter for a long time. When I started publishing tutorial YouTube videos, she was one of the first (and only) to encourage me. This small act of kindness means that I have a huge amount of respect for her and have learnt…
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    Introducing our interviewees...

    Mike Street #S01E00

    Here's a sneak peak as to who is coming up in the first series of Behind the Source.…

Behind the Source is a blog by Mike Street. It highlights the different routes and entry points into the web and the technology used to get there.

If you believe Twitter, you would think every developer is changing their tech stack every week. The latest framework is a must-use for building your website and if you're still using last week's one you are left behind.

Learn more about Behind the Source and the process of being interviewed.