Paul Irish

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Paul Irish
Paul Irish.jpg
Born (1982-07-23) July 23, 1982 (age 34)
Residence San Francisco
Nationality United States

B.S. in Technical, Professional and Scientific Communication

from Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Occupation Developer Relations
Employer Google
Notable work jQuery, Modernizr, Yeoman, HTML5 Boilerplate

Paul Irish is an American front-end engineer and a developer advocate for the Google Chrome web browser. He is widely recognized as a thought leader and a leading evangelist in web technologies, including JavaScript and CSS.[1][2][3][4][dubious ] In 2011, he was named Developer of the Year by The Net Awards for his contributions to the web development landscape and his participation in many popular open source projects.[5]

Front-end development[edit]

Irish has created, contributed to, or led the development of many front-end web development resources and JavaScript libraries:[6]

  • Front-end Code Standards: A list of best practices for front-end developers.
  • RoboHornet: A benchmarking tool for web browsers.
  • Bower: A package manager for web developers.
  • Modernizr: A feature detection library for HTML5 and CSS3 features.
  • Yeoman: A suite of tools for a web development workflow
  • HTML5 Boilerplate: A template for HTML5 and CSS3 front-end development.
  • jQuery: A JavaScript library that abstracts DOM manipulation and traversal, animation, event handling, and other common JavaScript tasks.

HTML5 evangelism[edit]

Irish has created or was a key contributor to many websites in an effort to encourage browser and web developers to move to HTML5:[7]

  • Move The Web Forward: A website encouraging web developers to learn more and participate in the development community.
  • W3Fools: A website dedicated to educating the web developer community about the problems with W3Schools, a popular web technology reference resource.
  • WebPlatform: A collaboration to create a comprehensive web technology documentation wiki similar to the Mozilla Developer Network. Participants include the W3C, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Facebook, and others.
  • Chrome Status: Documentation of which HTML5 features have been implemented in Chrome and Chrome for Android.
  • HTML5 Readiness: A visualization of which HTML5 and CSS3 features have been implemented in which browsers.
  • HTML5 Rocks: A website dedicated to HTML5 education, tutorials, news, and more.
  • CSS3 Please: A tool for interactively learning and developing CSS3.
  • HTML5 Please: A reference for HTML5 features and when and how it is safe to use them in production code.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
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  4. ^ "Paul Irish The HTML5 Hero" (PDF). Appliness. Adobe (5): 69–79. August 2012. Archived from the original (PDF; 105MB) on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
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