I couldn't disagree more, and find that comment really ignorant and disrespectful; many of the people who brought Responsive Web Design and Mobile First techniques to the forefront over the past year are some of the best minds in the industry today--and largely expert-level coders. Ethan Marcotte, Paul Irish, and Luke Wroblewski among others are doing seriously amazing **** with what's already out there technologically and strategically instead of coming up with ideas that we'll have to wait years to utilize. And the amount of research material they leave in their wake is worth its weight in 24-karat gold.
Originally Posted by Grabber5.0
Disclosure: The development team I lead (and myself) have met Ethan Marcotte. He's a swell (and brilliant) guy.
It's a win for every front-end developer out there: One codebase that serves all form factors, with content strategy that places emphasis on what's actually important, alongside performance. I suppose I just don't understand how that's so..."un-necessarily over-complicated" when I have junior developers happily producing production-level responsive code on my team already. Then they fire up Adobe Edge Inspect and see their code populate 6-8 different devices at once (along with some other devices Edge Inspect doesn't work with) and get all giddy when it works identically across everything from Chrome Canary and Firefox Nightly to BlackBerry OS7 and all platforms and their browsers in between that we're spec'd against. (Sorry, webOS isn't spec'd on our project due to non-existent market share and global and site analytics regarding browser share. I tried.)
As I said, responsive design is in its infancy but most developers I know have grasped onto some level of it knowing it's the direction an entire class of sites--but not all; it's about the right technique for the right project--are now beginning to or are going to take in the future. It's already something I interview for when I'm looking at senior level developers and associate architects to know they're at least trying to keep up in the industry.
Here's a tip for your next interview if you're a front-end developer: When asked about responsive design, give them the response I quoted. You'll quickly find how vitally important it is to keep an open mind, stay fresh, and know who's pushing the boundaries in the industry.
Here are the books that set the whole ball rolling, for any interested developers who don't have chips on their shoulder and want to know more about these techniques: