Whenever a browser upgrades versions, it’s a little marketing event, and rightly so. Looks like for Firefox it’s about once a month, Chrome is ~6 weeks, and Safari is once a year. Chrome 80 just dropped, as they say, and we get a video and blog post. What strikes me about releases like this these […]
I’ve been guilty of publicly bemoaning the complexity of HTTPS. In the past, I’ve purchased SSL certificates from third-party vendors and had trouble installing them. I’ve had certificates expire and had to scramble to fix them. I’ve had to poke and prod hosting companies to help me ensure things were going to renew correctly, and […]
Interesting research from Aaron Peters on <img loading=”lazy” … >: On my 13 inch macbook, with Dock positioned on the left, the viewport height in Chrome is 786 pixels so images with loading=”lazy” that are more than 4x the viewport down the page are eagerly fetched by Chrome on page load. In my opinion, that is waaaaay […]
Louis Lazaris, reacting to the idea of CSS4: The reason “CSS3” worked is because it was real. It was the successor to “CSS2.1”. Everything after CSS2.1 was considered to be under the umbrella of “CSS3”. The gist is that CSS4 isn’t real, so won’t work, and we don’t need it anyway. Perhaps I overestimate the […]
Please raise your hand if you’ve ever faced never-ending content revision requests from your clients. It’s not that the changes themselves are difficult, but wouldn’t it be less complicated if clients could just make the revisions themselves? That would save everyone valuable time, and allow you to turn your attention to more important tasks. In […]
Short answer: Longer answer (same conclusion, just an explanation on why we might need this): Say you have an element that you style with a special data-attribute: You want to target that element and do special things when highlighting. That data-type attribute is part of a template, so it can have any value you set. […]
Tab Atkins in 2012: There has never been a CSS4. There will never be a CSS4. CSS4 is not a thing that exists.
Just this morning, Chris shared a streamlined way to get a static site up and running with Netlify. As it happens, Sarah and I also wrote up a little something that expands that idea where a static site can pull content from WordPress using the REST API. Using Vue, Nuxt, axios, and Netlify, it’s possible […]
PHP templating often gets a bad rap for facilitating subpar code — but that doesn’t have to be the case. Let’s look at how PHP projects can enforce a basic Model, View, Controller (MVC) structure without depending on a purpose-built templating engine.
There’s some famous quote that goes something like… When we’re young, we make simple things because that’s all we know. Then we learn how to make complex things so we make complex things. When we grow old, we learn to make simple things again. Brad recently wrote about this abstractly in regard to musicianship, but […]
“Static Site Generator,” that is. We’ll get to that in a second. Netlify is a sponsor of this site (thank you very much), and I see Zach Leatherman has gone to work over there now. Very cool. Zach is the creator of Eleventy, an SSG for Node. One thing of the many notable things about […]
Every time I start a new project, I organize the code I’m looking at into three types, or categories if you like. And I think these types can be applied to any codebase, any language, any technology or open source project. Whether I’m writing HTML or CSS or building a React component, thinking about these […]
We just linked up the idea that offset-path can be cleverly used to set type on a path. Don’t miss Michelle Barker’s experimentation either, with drawing paths or animating text along a path. Dan Wilson has also been following this tech for quite a while and points out why the sudden surge of interest in […]
A new podcast from Sean Fioritto inspired by Joel Califa’s term “Full Stack Anxiety”. … the little voice in your head says … “I should know all of this. Do I even know what I’m doing?” Why do web developers the world over feel like this? There is an episode with Joel talking about it […]
Every so often, the fruits of innovation bear fruit in the form of improvements to the foundational layers of the web. In 2015, HTTP/2 became a published standard in an effort to update an aging protocol. This was was both necessary and overdue, as HTTP/1 rendered web performance as an arcane sort of discipline in […]
Short story: Philip Walton has a clever idea for using service workers to cache the top and bottom of HTML files, reducing a lot of network weight. Longer thoughts: When you’re building a really simple website, you can get away with literally writing raw HTML. It doesn’t take long to need a bit more abstraction […]
If you’re interested in leveling up your knowledge and skill of web performance, you can’t do better than learning directly from Scott Jehl.
Say you have a two-column layout: a main column with content. Say it has a lot of content, with sections that requires scrolling. And let’s toss in a sidebar column that is largely empty, such that you can safely put a position: sticky; table of contents over there for all that content in the main […]