Steven Bradley wraps up his epic 7 post series on Design Principles. Jeff Walker dives into the state of JS Build Tools. More talk about why Web Components will make the web a better place. Lea Verou’s new CSS Secrets book is now available and so much more.
Writing CSS isn’t easy, especially at a large scale. Thankfully we have Glen Maddern and a few other super smart people exploring how we might author CSS in the not too distant future. Also Ian Feather investigates some of the most practical questions and issues still remaining with Web Components today. Luke Wroblewski explains why drop downs should be the UI of last resort and more.
Paul Ford produced one of the best articles of the year last week, What is Code? which is a must read. Alex Russell explores Progressive Apps. Jake Giltsoff released an amazing resource about SVGs for the web. Envato also released there re structure style guide and some much more.
This is a lightweight, simple solution for adding sharing buttons to your site. Like many things, there are many ways to achieve this but the main goal of this solution is performance.
Every major social network provides an easy way to add sharing buttons to your site, but the downside of many of these is each button loads various scripts and stylesheets increasing the page weight. Generally speaking, say you wanted to have 4 sharing buttons (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn) it’s more than likely you will be loading 8+ extra resources.
Using the provided solutions from the major networks is convenient, but less then ideal if performance is a main priority.
A really great article by Nicole Fenton that explores way to write better interface copy. Wilson Page wrote about the current state of Web Components. Brent Jackson explains how to set up a static site with React and Webpack and so much more. Enjoy.
Joel Califa reminds us that the :visited state is very underutilized. Google just released an new updated to their design site which looks amazing. Mike Pennisi From Bocoup wrote about why Backbone.js is still a great choice. Envato released a new episode of the Made By series with Glen Jones and so much more. Enjoy!
Once again Tim Kadlec wrote another great about performance. Philip Walton continues the conversation from Simurai’s great article about the best way to extend styles. Martin Gontovnikas explains how to create a real world Angular 2 app. Google Developers Matt Gaunt and Addy Osmani discuss some of the tools they use on a day to day basis in their new show and more. Enjoy!
Matt Shull shares some insights into how to make your websites more than design friendly when it comes to mobile optimisations. Anthony Short gives an overview of Segment’s new API for UI developers – Deku. The New York Times explain how the have gone about addressing the evolving habits of the digital news-reading experience. Luke Wroblewski reminds us that most of the arguments are bogus when people refer to the concept of “above the fold” and more. Enjoy.
Viljami Salminen wrote a great article that expresses concern about how we are breaking the web with all these new tools and frameworks. Mark Boulton shares his knowledge about creating a good portfolio. Smashing Magazine published an article about using the Sass @extend directive without creating a mess and so much more. Enjoy.
Peter Gasston looks at the current landscape of the web and discusses why the Service Worker API is the most important feature right now. Harry Roberts explores how the Cyclomatic Complexity principle relates to CSS. Jonathan Snook looks at a couple of ways to align icons with text and lots more. Enjoy!
Scott Jehl explains a few optimisation tweaks that can help improve perceived performance. Mark Otto covers ten guidelines on how to write better CSS. Jim Vallandingham goes into details about using D3 without SVG. Jesse Hausler covers 7 things every designer needs to know about accessibility and more. Enjoy.
Raymond Camden looks into what happens when you exceed the quote limit in a browser’s LocalStorage. Alina Henderson from Zurb wrote a great piece about why you should resist the redesign. Matt Gaunt dives into the new Document.execCommand() combined with the selection API. NPM opened up the ability to have private modules. Angular 1.4 was released and lots more. Enjoy.
The team at A List Apart compiled a large list of thoughts about John Allsopp’s A Dao of Web Design. TJ VanToll wrote an epic post about the rapid rise of TypeScript. James Long wrapped up his Backend Apps with Webpack series. Sam Dutton looks into HTML performance and so much more. Enjoy.
Keith Clark explores a technique to get content in front of visitors as quickly as possible by asynchronously downloading stylesheets. Nick Slalom dives into the new CSS `will-change` property. Robert Haritonov looks at living style guides. The VaultPress team posted about the ways to secure your WordPress plugins and more. Enjoy.
Chris Coyier wrote a great reference piece on strategies for staying on top of performance. Bryan James released an amazing collection of amazing CSS polygons. Mike Riethmuller explores an interesting way to have precise control over responsive typography. Jonathan Neal released a new reset.css and so much more. Enjoy.
Luke Wroblewski explore some thoughts about the upcoming Apple watch and what effect that will have on us as web developers. Chrome 42 is pushing the browser landscape forward as always. Ben Smithett blogged about smarter CSS builds with Webpack. Harry Roberts wrote about utilising namespaces in CSS to help explain exactly how classes behave in a more global sense and more. Enjoy.
James Long gives his own version of the state of the mobile web. Jason Grigsby explains the unique challenges we face when developing responsive hero images. Donovan Hutchinson wrote a great tutorial on how to create an animating clock. Lea Verou released a nice little autocomplete resource and more. Enjoy!