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Specify Node Versions with .nvmrc

I’ve heavily promoted nvm, a Node.js version manager, over the years. Having a tool to manage multiple versions of a language interpreter has been so useful, especially due to the complexity of Node.js package management. One tip I like to give new developers is adding a .nvmrc file to their repositories. The file contents is just a simple string...

How to Inject a Global with Web Extensions in Manifest V3

For those of you not familiar with the world of web extension development, a storm is brewing with Chrome. Google will stop support for manifest version 2, which is what the vast majority of web extensions use. Manifest version 3 sees many changes but the largest change is moving from persistent background scripts to service workers. This…is…a…massive…change....

How Plugins Enhance The WYSIWYG Editing Experience (Sponsored)

Image by JK_Studio from Pixabay WYSIWYG editors are one of the core components of any content management system (CMS). A well-coded, feature-filled WYSIWYG HTML editor can distinguish between a CMS users love and one they can’t stand.  While all WYSIWYG editors have a set of basic functionality, the power of plugins enhances the editing...

JavaScript Event.defaultPrevented

Whether you started with the old on_____ property or addEventListener, you know that events drive user experiences in modern JavaScript. If you’ve worked with events, you know that preventDefault() and stopPropagation() are frequently used to handle events. One thing you probably didn’t know: there’s a defaultPrevented proptery on events! Consider...

7 Ways to Optimize Performance for Your WordPress Site (Sponsored)

The vast majority of blogs, news websites, and information websites run on WordPress. While the WordPress developer team and community do their best to ensure wordPress is performant, there are a number of practices you can implement to keep your site blazing fast. Let’s look at some of them! Use Cloudinary WordPress Plugin for Media ...

How to Get Extension Manifest Information

Working on a web extension can be kinda wild — on one side you’re essentially just coding a website, on the other side you’re limited to what the browser says you can do in the extension execution environment. One change in that environment is coming January 2023 — pushing extensions to move to manifest version 3. I recently got curious about whether...

How to Reverse an Animated GIF

Modifying visual media via code has always been a fascination of mine. Probably because I’m not a designer and I tend to stick to what I’m good at. One visual effect I love is seeing video reversed — it provides a sometimes hilarious perspective on a given event. Take this reversed water effect for example: To reverse an animated...

CSS :optional

A decade ago HTML and CSS added the ability to, at least signal, validation of form fields. The required attribute helped inform users which fields were required, while pattern allowed developers to provide a regular expression to match against an <input>‘s value. Targeting required fields and validation values with just CSS and HTML was very...

Get a Random Array Item with JavaScript

JavaScript Arrays are probably my favorite primitive in JavaScript. You can do all sorts of awesome things with arrays: get unique values, clone them, empty them, etc. What about getting a random value from an array? To get a random item from an array, you can employ Math.random: const arr = [ "one", "two", "three",...

Legacy String Methods for Generating HTML

I’m always really excited to see new methods on JavaScript primitives. These additions are acknowledgement that the language needs to evolve and that we’re doing exciting new things. That being said, I somehow just discovered some legacy String methods that you probably shouldn’t use but have existed forever. Let’s take a look! These legacy...

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