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Through the pipeline: An exploration of front-end bundlers

I really like the kind of tech writing where a fellow developer lays out some specific needs, tries out different tech to fulfill those needs, and documents how it went for them. That’s exactly what Andrew Walpole did here. He wanted to try out bundlers in the context of WordPress themes and needing a handful of specific files built. Two...

Weekly Platform News: Focus Rings, Donut Scope, Ditching em Units, and Global Privacy Control

In this week’s news, Chrome tackles focus rings, we learn how to get “donut” scope, Global Privacy Control gets big-name adoption, it’s time to ditch pixels in media queries, and a snippet that prevents annoying form validation styling. Chrome will stop displaying focus rings when clicking buttons Chrome, Edge, and other Chromium-based...

Exploring @property and its Animating Powers

Uh, what’s @property? It’s a new CSS feature! It gives you superpowers. No joke, there is stuff that @property can do that unlocks things in CSS we’ve never been able to do before. While everything about @property is exciting, perhaps the most interesting thing is that it provides a way to specify a type for custom CSS properties. A type...

How to Develop and Test a Mobile-First Design in 2021

The internet has connected 4.66 billion people with each other as of October 2020. A total of 59% of the world’s total population. Amazingly, this is not even the surprising part. The stat to look out for is mobile users and their rise in the internet world. Out of 4.66 billion people connected to the internet, 4.28 billion are mobile internet users....

A Bare-Bones Approach to Versatile and Reusable Skeleton Loaders

UI components like spinners and skeleton loaders make waiting for a page load less frustrating and might even affect how loading times are perceived when used correctly. They won’t completely prevent users from abandoning the website, but they might encourage them to wait a bit longer. Animated spinners are used in most cases since they are easy to...

React Without Build Tools

Jim Nielsen: I think you’ll find it quite refreshing to use React A) with a JSX-like syntax, and B) without any kind of build tooling. Refreshing indeed: CodePen Embed Fallback It’s not really the React that’s the hard part to pull off without build tools (although I do wonder what we lose from not tree shaking),...

How to Animate the Details Element

Here’s a nice simple demo from Moritz Gießmann on animating the triangle of a <details> element, which is the affordance that tells people this thing can be opened. Animating it, then is another kind of affordance that tells people this thing is opening now. The tricks? Turn off the default triangle: details summary::-webkit-details-marker...

The Best Font Loading Strategies and How to Execute Them

Zach Leatherman wrote up a comprehensive list of font loading strategies that have been widely shared in the web development field. I took a look at this list before, but got so scared (and confused), that I decided not to do anything at all. I don’t know how to begin loading fonts the best way and I don’t want to feel like an idiot going through this...

The “Gray Dead Zone” of Gradients

Erik D. Kennedy notes an interesting phenomenon of color gradients. If you have a gradient between two colors where the line between them in the color space goes through the zero-saturation middle, you get this “gray dead zone” in the middle. It’s a real thing. See the gray middle here: CodePen Embed Fallback You...

How to Map Mouse Position in CSS

Let’s look at how to get the user’s mouse position and map it into CSS custom properties: --positionX and --positionY. We could do this in JavaScript. If we did, we could do things like make make an element draggable or move a background. But actually, we can still do similar things, but not use any JavaScript! I’ve used this method as...

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