Hi! I’m Sara.
I’m an independent front-end developer, trainer, author, and speaker, from Lebanon. I love the Web platform and I want to make it better for everyone. And I consider myself to be completely blessed that I get to build it for a living.
I studied Computer Sciences in the Lebanese University of Beirut and got a Bachelor’s Degree in it. But everything I know of and on the Web today is self-taught. I’ve always wanted to study multiple majors because I never wanted to stop learning. I’m grateful that I ended up in a field where one of the major requierements for staying relevant is to continuously keep learning.
I’ve been shortlisted for two net awards: Developer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution of the Year back in 2015. I was voted the Developer of the Year by the amazing community I am part of. The community also nomimated, voted and won me an O’Reilly Web Platform Award in April 2015 for my contributions to the Web community.
My work has been recognized by several large organizations, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, among others. And this website has been awarded HTML5 Site Of The Month in the September 2013 issue of net magazine.
Sara possesses a near-boundless curiosity, a peerless intellect, and some of the best communication skills I’ve seen in our industry. She’s also one of the finest, friendliest people I’ve ever met. I’ve watched her unpack gnarly, technical concepts in countless articles and conference talks, and I’m constantly awed at her ability to make even the most tangled specification more approachable to the rest of us. What’s more, it’s rare to find someone who cares equally deeply about accessibility and cutting-edge code; thankfully, Sara’s able to marry the two in everything she does, and artfully so.
Our industry is better for Sara’s work, her voice, and her passion. Heck, my work is better for her work. I’m proud to consider her a colleague, and would leap at the chance to collaborate with her on a project.—Ethan Marcotte, Designer & Author of “Responsive Web Design”
Some trivia about me:
- I’m a bird person. If you ever jump on a call with me, you’ll have a conversation with me to the sound of a great number of birds chirping in the background. People love that.
- I’ll choose a cup of green tea over a cup of coffee any day. In fact, I’m not really that much into coffee anyway.
- I love fresh smoothies. Making healthy (green and fruit) smoothies is one of my everyday morning routines.
- I’ve always been an artist before I became a developer. Drawing with charcoal was my niche.
I’ve shared more details about how I started doing what I do, my background, my work process, and more, with magazines that have interviewed me over the last few years.