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Alexander Nied

Chicago-based Software Engineer with a focus on front end web development

Current Position: Software Architect at SPR

Primary Dev Environment: VSCode on MacOS or Linux

Top 5% Stack Overflow user;
Top 1% for JavaScript, top 5% for HTML and CSS

About Me

Hi, I'm Alex. I've been a professional full-time developer since 2012. I consider myself fortunate to have landed in a career that is engaging and challenging.

My specialty is front end web technology. I am an expert in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I am passionate about semantic and standards-based development, progressive enhancement, graceful degradation, writing maintainable code and optimizing the end-user experience.

I believe that we should leave no user behind, and avoid making assumptions that all our users have fast connections, or can see the content on the screen, or have two functioning hands with which to interact with their device.

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Latest Blog Posts

Accessibility Series

An ongoing exploration of web accessibility for front end developers:



Media Mentions

Supplemental Materials

Below is a list of supplemental materials generated for various presentations:

2023 Goals

  • Update Website check; task complete
  • AWS Practitioner Certification
  • W3C Accessibility Certification check; task complete
  • IAAP CPACC Certification check; task complete
  • IAAP WAS Certification
  • Re-redesign Website
    • Tighten Up Visuals
    • Implement Utility-First CSS
    • Clean-Up Blimp Animations
  • Continue Accessibility Blog Series check; task complete
  • Volunteer
  • Accessibility Presentation check; task complete
  • Git presentation check; task complete
  • Migrate to AWS or Heroku


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