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Responsive Web Design Toolkit by Ken Tabor

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Chapter 2Introducing the Engineering Process

What Do Engineers Do?

I grew up using tools. You did too. I still recall going through my grandfather’s basement workshop looking at his lifelong collection of tools and wondering if I’d ever have as many as he did. He was an electrician and master of his craft. He had tiny jeweler-quality screwdrivers and iron pipe benders as tall as I was, plus electric drills, power saws, and sledgehammers. He was always encouraging, but I can see now that he only taught me about tools I asked about when he thought I was ready to handle them with respect. These were amazing things for me to learn when I was young. They activated my thirst for discovering, learning careful use. My attitude wasn’t always sensible ...

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