Web Design Weekly #154

September 15, 2014 - Jake Bresnehan

Headlines

Smashing Magazine’s Performance

Maintaining a website is hard enough, let alone making it wicked fast. This case study by Vitaly Friedman takes a look behind the scenes in how the team worked super hard to optimise the site. (smashingmagazine.com)

How Instagram.com Works

Instagram’s site renders almost all of its UI in JavaScript and in this talk Pete Hunt talks about how their packaging and push systems work in great detail. Anyone building a large site using lots of JavaScript shoud find this pretty interesting! (youtube.com)

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Articles

Attribute Modules for CSS

Attribute Modules 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. (github.com)

Parallax Performance

A site that can’t scroll smoothly is a silent but deadly killer of user engagement. In this talk Paul Irish diagnoses several popular sites and visualises their problems, fixes their implementations and unveils a brand new technique for parallax that makes sure that you can enhance the user experience. (youtube.com)

JavaScript hacks explained

There are several JavaScript tricks that are used widely by experienced programmers. Many of them may not be instantly obvious, especially for beginners. In this post, Janis has put together a small compilation of a few of the more well known ones. (mdnbar.com)

Enhancing Data Visualization with SVG Filters

SVG filters are a powerful and under-utilised tool. Filters are a post processing step that allow you to create interesting effects by adding pixel-based effects. They can be chained together, manipulated on the fly and applied to different elements to create powerful visual experiences. (vasir.net)

Why you need to use CSS variables (creativebloq.com)

Tools / Resources

PSD Cleaner – Layers Organize Themselves with PSD Cleaner

The easiest way to organize and rename layers in your PSDs with just a few clicks. (madebysource.com)

Angular-Data

Inspired by Ember Data, angular-data is the model layer Angular is missing. It consists of a convenient in-memory cache for managing your data and several adapters for communicating with various persistence layers. (pseudobry.com)

Polyfills as a service

The polyfill service selectively bundles browser polyfills based on the User-Agent header supplied in a request, with the intention of allowing JavaScript and CSS developers to use modern standards in legacy user agents that do not natively support the standard. (labs.ft.com)

Introducing an Accessible HTML5 Video Player (paypal-engineering.com)

A good selection of performance tools (perf-tooling.today)

Database of React components (react-components.com)

SVG Mac cursors (sawyerhollenshead.com)

React Style (andreypopp.com)

Inspiration

Jeffrey Zeldman Documentary

A documentary that highlights Jeffrey’s two decades of designing, organising and, most of all, sharing on the web. (vimeo.com)

ShopTalk show #132 with Ian Feather (shoptalkshow.com)

From Front-end to Full Stack (envato.com)

Jobs

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From the Blog

Compass Sourcemaps

Since the release of Compass v1.0.0 we’ve seen sourcemaps supported across the board. This means tools like Gulp and Grunt (including their compass compiler helpers), CodeKit2 and the CLI will now produce a Compass sourcemap file. This article by Dennis Gaebel dives into the config landscape across various tooling systems. (web-design-weekly.com)

Last But Not Least…

Naming CSS stuff is really hard (seesparkbox.com)

I see you found a browser bug! (twitter.com)