Attribute Modules (AM) is a technique for using HTML attributes and their values rather than classes for styling elements. In doing so, each attribute effectively declares a separate namespace for encapsulating style information, resulting in more readable and maintainable HTML & CSS.
A super interesting concept developed by 3 talented individuals. Looking forward to digging into it a little further.
Of late Chris Coyier has been devoting lots of energy to SVG. In this post on CSS-Tricks he does a massive brain dump about all things SVG.
A super awesome Shoptalk episode with Rob Dodson talking all about Polymer and Web Components.
Web Components are a pretty hot topic in front end web development and this episode helps clarify what they are all about, why Google and others are investing heavily in the development and how you can begin getting your hands dirty and start developing your own components today.
Hopefully that gives you a glimpse into how you can apply the Single Responsibility Principle to your CSS modules. Limit the scope of your modules, keep the styles small, and make sure your modules are properly encapsulated to ensure that your styles are both maintainable and predictable. Use submodules, modifiers, and context classes to make sure that your modules are nice and flex-y.
A super easy to follow article which introduces the fundamentals of writing better CSS.
Front End operations goodness!
An outstanding lineup speakers talking about real world challenges which are now all online.
My dream is to help awesome people do awesome shit. Nothing else gets me more stoked out of my mind than that. I get goosebumps thinking about how much the web has changed and how we can continue to shape it just by writing code and sharing our experiences.
A very positive and inspiring piece by Mark.
With so many tools being released every week it sure is easy to be overwhelmed. The main takeaway from this great post by Addy is to “keep it simple for as long as possible”. I couldn’t agree more.
Sass 3.3 is Released
Did you know that you can build your own CSS preprocessor with Node.js libraries? They can be used alongside established preprocessors like Sass, and are useful for defining tasks beyond preprocessing.
A great insight into some of the benefits of using tools like Rework to help manipulate CSS during development.
After ironing out a bunch of bugs in numerous release candidates, we’re finally ready to release Sass 3.3.0, codename Maptastic Maple, for public consumption.
To get things rocking on your end all you need to do is hop into the terminal and run:
gem update sass
Massive props to all the contributors!
Every so often, some smart, talented web designers will bemoan the lack of recognition afforded to their craft, industry, work. They wish for the same level of respect that architects or film-makers get, or for the iconic status given to the best of the advertising world’s output in decades past.
Be careful what you wish for, I say. Not only are these the same industries that are rife with horrible business practices like spec work, they are notoriously unfair when it comes to praising individual achievement over the efforts of the group. Worst of all, the proliferation of high-profile awards leads to the practice of producing “award-winning work” i.e. work designed purely to win awards.
I’ve had the same thoughts for sometime, but never had the guts to express them. Thanks Jeremy!
Bulletproof Accessible Icon Fonts
Care must be taken when implementing icon fonts to ensure a great experience for all users. What happens when your font doesn’t load? What happens when @font-face isn’t supported in the browser?
Another very informative article with a nice easy-to-include library.
Grumpicon – A Web app for the Grunticon workflow.
Grumpicon is a browser-based app. Just drag and drop your SVG files onto the browser window and it will return a downloadable zip that mirrors the output you’d get from the command-line tool.
Big ups to the Filament Group and Eric Ponto!
Static Web Hosting With Amazon S3
If you are in need of a great article to help you set up simple hosting with Amazon S3 this is it.
A front-end operations engineer is not a title you’ve likely come across, but hopefully one that you will. Such a person would need to be an expert at serving and hosting front-end resources. They’d need to be pros at Grunt (or something similar) and have strong opinions about modules. They would find the best ways to piece together the parts of a Web application, and they’d be pros at versioning, caching and deployment.
A front-end operations engineer would own external performance. They would be critical of new HTTP requests, and they would constantly be measuring file size and page-load time. They wouldn’t necessarily always worry about the number of times that a loop can run in a second — that’s still an application engineer’s job. They own everything past the functionality.
One for the front-end developers out there. With more application logic being deferred to the client side, Alex Sexton makes the case that front-end developers should transition to front-end operation engineers; becoming “the bridge between an application’s intent and an application’s reality”.
Chrome DevTools Revolutions 2013
As the complexity of the web apps you build keeps moving, so do the Chrome DevTools. We’ll give you the latest update on your favorite companion; explore new features like emulating mobile devices, remote debugging, Canvas and WebGL profiling, Sass preprocessor support, developing completely within Chrome using the new Workspaces support, and 20 other features that are brand-new to you and will hugely improve your development.
Make time for this one if you use the dev tools. The future is bright!
Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project
Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation – so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit.
In the short term, Blink will bring little change for web developers. The bulk of the initial work will focus on internal architectural improvements and a simplification of the codebase. For example, we anticipate that we’ll be able to remove 7 build systems and delete more than 7,000 files—comprising more than 4.5 million lines—right off the bat. Over the long term a healthier codebase leads to more stability and fewer bugs.
The Chromium team are moving forward at an alarming rate and are doing everything to continue. Smart move.
How to Lose Weight (in the browser)
The definitive front-end performance guide.
A group of highly talented individuals from companies like Google, Opera and Twitter have put together a great resource that will no doubt become a ‘go-to’ source for getting your site in shape.
Say hello to Mark Otto’s (creator of Bootstrap) reborn project.
Preboot is a comprehensive and flexible collection of LESS utilities. Its original variables and mixins became the precursor to Bootstrap. Since then, it’s all come full circle.
If you roll with LESS then this will no doubt become a handy resource to help you write better CSS.
Jonathan Neal (co-creator of Normalize.css) put the source in the source so you can view the source while you view source. Super handy for people that tend to view the internet by its source.