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11/24/2020   CSS Tricks

A web font workflow is simple, right? Choose a few nice-looking web-ready fonts, get the HTML or CSS code snippet, plop it in the project, and check if they display properly. People do this with Google Fonts a zillion times a day, dropping its <link> tag into the <head>.

Let’s see what Lighthouse has to say about this workflow.

Stylesheets in the <head> have been flagged by Lighthouse as render-blocking resources and they add a one-second delay to render? Not great.

We’ve done … Read article “How to Load Fonts in a Way That Fights FOUT and Makes Lighthouse Happy”


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11/24/2020   CSS Tricks

Some baby bear thinking from Katie Sylor-Miller:

my excitement for Core Web Vitals is tempered with a healthy skepticism. I’m not yet convinced that Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), First Input Delay (FID), and Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) are the right metrics that all sites should be measuring themselves against. I worry that the outsized emphasis placed on Core Web Vitals by including them in SEO scoring will result in developers focusing solely on those three numbers without truly understanding what they

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11/24/2020   WebAppers

Many shoppers, including web designers and web design teams, look forward to Black Friday as the year’s top shopping event. In the past, Black Friday meant getting up early and getting in line in the dark on a wet and windy November morning. Then charging through the doors when the store opened, and trying to […]

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11/24/2020   Smashing Magazine
The Vue Testing library can help you to test your applications by mirroring the way that a user would interact with them. Here’s everything you need to know if you want to get started right away.
11/23/2020   CSS Tricks

I’m thoroughly convinced that SVG unlocks a whole entire world of building interfaces on the web. It might seem daunting to learn SVG at first, but you have a spec that was designed to create shapes and yet, still has elements, like text, links, and aria labels available to you. You can accomplish some of the same effects in CSS, but it’s a little more particular to get positioning just right, especially across viewports and for responsive development.

What’s special … Read article “Creating UI Components in SVG”


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11/23/2020   CSS Tricks

I’ve compared SVG and Canvas before. If you’re trying to decide between them, read that. I’d say the #1 difference between them is vector (SVG) versus raster (Canvas). But the #2 difference is how you work with them. SVG is declarative, as in, literal elements that express what they are through attributes and content. Canvas is imperative, as in, you script instructions for it to follow.

Canvas is a JavaScript API, so it may jive well with JavaScript developers or … Read article “Graphery SVG”


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11/23/2020   CSS Tricks

I like working with styled-components. They allow you write CSS in your JavaScript, keeping your CSS in very close proximity to your JavaScript for a single component. As a front-end developer who loves to dissect a web page and break it down into reusable components, the idea of styled-components brings me joy. The approach is clean and modular and I don’t have to go digging in some gigantic CSS file to see if a class I need already exists. … Read article “DRY-ing up styled-components”


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11/23/2020   Smashing Magazine
In JavaScript, there are two main ways to handle asynchronous code: then/catch (ES6) and async/await (ES7). These syntaxes give us the same underlying functionality, but they affect readability and scope in different ways. In this article, we’ll see how one syntax lends itself to maintainable code, while the other puts us on the road to callback hell!
11/21/2020   CSS Tricks

The survey results from the State of CSS aren’t out yet, but they made this landing page that randomly shows you what one person wrote to answer that question. Just clicking the reload button a bunch, I get the sense that the top answers are:

  • Container Queries
  • Parent Selectors
  • Nesting
  • Something extremely odd that doesn’t really make sense and makes me wonder about people

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11/20/2020   CSS Tricks

I’m sure different people picture different things when they think about webrings, so let me clarify what I picture. I see an element on a website that:

  1. Signifies this site is part of a webring
  2. Allows you to move to the next or previous site of the webring
  3. Maybe has other functionality like going to a “random” site or seeing the complete list

But then another major thing:

  1. Site owners don’t have to do much. They just plop (it?) on

Read article “How You Might Build a Modern Day Webring”


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11/20/2020   CSS Tricks

Creating page content that sticks to the viewport as you scroll, something like a jump-to-anchor menu or section headings, has never been easier. Throw a position: sticky into your CSS ruleset, set the directional offset (e.g. top: 0) and you’re ready to impress your teammates with minimal effort. Check out this CSS-Tricks article to see some real fancy sticky positioning use cases.

But sticky positioning can get a bit tricky, particularly when it comes to height and the dangerous … Read article “A Dynamically-Sized Sticky Sidebar with HTML and CSS”


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11/20/2020   Smashing Magazine
With so much going on, it’s nice to have an overview of what’s new at Smashing — all in one place. Read on to find out what’s been keeping the team busy alongside some inspiring community resources that have made it to the top list of our newsletters!
11/19/2020   CSS Tricks

I think this might be my most popular tweet of all time, but I’m not sure how to verify that these days. I’ll restate this neat little trick here because blogging is cool and fun.

I used to do this a lot while debugging JavaScript:

console.log("myVariable: ", myVariable);

But now I do this because it’s just easier to type quickly:

console.log({ myVariable });

And you don’t miss out on anything in DevTools:

Now that this is a blog post, I … Read article “console.log({ myVariable });”


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11/19/2020   CSS Tricks

Have you ever had the idea for a website or new app that involved showing news content? You don’t have to create content yourself to have the right to build an innovative news reading experience. I remember when Flipboard came out. They didn’t (and still don’t) actually produce content — they just made a fantastic experience for reading it, and did very well with that.

Where do you get that news content? mediastack. You’re going to need a great … Read article “mediastack”


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11/19/2020   Smashing Magazine
In a React component, `useState` and `useReducer` can cause your component to re-render each time there is a call to the update functions. In this article, you will find out how to use the `useRef()` hook to keep track of variables without causing re-renders, and how to enforce the re-rendering of React Components.
11/18/2020   Smashing Magazine
In this article, Stephanie dives into the past by going back to the beginning of HTML and tracing the evolution of form controls through to the present and the current state of working with them.
11/17/2020   Smashing Magazine
Meet our new practical guide on everything you need to know about TypeScript, its type system, and all its benefits in 50 lessons. Jump to table of contents and get the book right away.
11/16/2020   Smashing Magazine
We’re asking what it looks like to dogfood the Jamstack at Netlify. Can you deploy an entire app to a CDN? Drew McLellan talks to Netlify Staff Engineer Leslie Cohn-Wein to find out.
11/16/2020   Smashing Magazine
With the help of this tutorial, you can learn how to create a continuous integration workflow for your Node JS REST API by using GitHub Actions as well as how to report test coverage with Coveralls.
11/13/2020   Smashing Magazine
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of these new features and how to get started with them. We’re also going be taking a look at some of the changes done to the existing features.
11/12/2020   Smashing Magazine
In this article, Robin Christopherson talks with experts about COVID, the challenges and opportunities the crisis brings, agile adjustments, digital inclusion, and much more.
11/11/2020   Smashing Magazine
In this article, Nefe explains how to authenticate React apps using Auth0. You’ll also see how you can set up Social Logins in your apps.
11/10/2020   Smashing Magazine
In this article, we look at three key parts of a digital store and what you can do to design each to help customers more quickly and effortlessly get to the checkout stage.
11/09/2020   Smashing Magazine
`react-three-fiber` is a powerful Three.js renderer that helps render 3D models and animations for React and its native applications. In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure and build 3D models in a React application.
11/06/2020   Smashing Magazine
In this article, you will learn what serverless applications are, how they are used on the Google Cloud, and also scenarios in which they can be used in a front-end application.
11/05/2020   Smashing Magazine
In this article, you will be exposed to ApexCharts and to the different types and variants of charts it provides. Along the way, we’ll build several types of charts and learn how we can customize the appearance of our charts.
11/04/2020   Smashing Magazine
Internationalization and localization is more than just writing your content in multiple languages. You need a strategy to determine what localization to send, and code to do it. You need to be able to support not just different languages, but different regions with the same language.
11/03/2020   Smashing Magazine
Do you have a hard time throwing away mockups, logos and other content you’ve created for clients? Suzanne Scacca explains four ways to repurpose your unused designs and give them new life.
11/02/2020   Smashing Magazine
We’re talking about Eleventy. What is it and how does it fit into your Jamstack workflow? Drew McLellan talks to David Darnes to find out.
11/02/2020   Smashing Magazine
There is now a specification for native CSS masonry layout, as part of the Grid Layout spec. In this article, Rachel Andrew explains how it works with the help of a couple of demos you can try out in Firefox Nightly.
10/31/2020   Smashing Magazine
Give your desktop a makeover with this new collection of wallpapers. Designed by the community for the community, the wallpapers come in versions with and without a calendar for November 2020.