A little more about me..
Hi! I’m Sara—an independent front-end developer, author, and speaker, from Lebanon.
Shortlisted for two net awards: Developer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution of the Year, I was voted the Developer of the Year in the 2015 net awards. I also won an O’Reilly Web Platform Award in April 2015 for my contributions to the Web community.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences, and I work with companies across the globe, as well as work as an outsourcing partner to various web and design agencies.
I run workshops across the globe, currently focusing on CSS, SVG, Responsive Design and accessibility, covering practical tips on how to build front ends using modern tools and techniques that scale and are future-proof.
I love writing and teaching—breaking down complex topics into simple, digestible concepts; so I’ve combined both passions into writing articles & tutorials on front-end development on my blog and for several high-profile online magazines including Codrops, where I wrote a CSS Reference, Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog, Smashing Magazine, where I’m also an occasional tech reviewer, and CSS-Tricks. I've also written for A List Apart and Opera Developers' Blog (dev.opera).
My work has been recognized by several large organizations, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, among others.
This website has been awarded HTML5 Site Of The Month in the September 2013 issue of net magazine.
You can learn a little more about me, my background, how I got into Web development and started doing what I do, and a lot more, in the interviews some publications made with me:
- Lady Like You Career Inspiration for Women
- [Video + Transcript] Web Directions Video Conversation with John Allsopp
- [Video] Codemotion Madrid 2014
- Scroll Magazine
- “By the Code” on Quotes Magazine
- “An Unforeseen Path” on SuperYesMore
So, what’s with all the vowel letters?
Yeah.. about that: I blame the Germans. And the French.
Seriously, though: having spent most of my childhood in Germany, I grew up using the German (which also happens to be the French) spelling of my surname. All these vowel letters came from that spelling. *shrug*
It is pronounced “Swaïdaan”. “Sw-eye-daan” or “Swayden” also work. Still confused about it? I wouldn’t blame you if you were. (Sorry about that.) You can play the following audio recording to hear me pronounce it: