Service Workers

A great series of posts from Chris around Service workers ranging from an overview of what they can do, how to write them with vanilla js, improving performance, invalidating cache and more.

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content-visibility: the new CSS property that boosts your rendering performance

The content-visibility property is coming to Chome shortly and will help page load performance from within CSS alone. The new property will flag to the browser that it can skip the rendering work for its region until it’s needed. This means that if you’ve got a long list of blog posts, you could offset the […]

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A Look at What’s New in Chrome DevTools in 2020

Although I use Firefox as my primary browser on the laptop and Safari on mobile and tablet, I do still have a lot of love for Chrome because of its Dev Tools capabilities. In this tutorial, Umar takes you through some of the best bits of Chrome Dev tools this year including some that I’ve […]

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No – Safari 14 Does Not Block Google Analytics

Last week there were rumours that this was the case when in fact, it is not. Safari are including Intelligent Tracking Prevention which will impact the ability for sites to track users, however, Google Analytics is a first-party analytics platform in that it stores first-party cookies on the browser for the site.

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Designing for voice

Five years ago I was really keen to see how our websites were going to take advantage of AR and VR to unleash our content on the world, but in the past two years I’ve been more excited about how voice is going to fit into how we interact online. Abraham has a great overview […]

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Bootstrap 5 alpha!

Bootstrap 5 is hitting alpha and it’s jam-packed with changes. The biggest changes for me is a shiny new logo (very nice), a departure from using jQuery, and the dropping of support for Internet Explorer. You can read about more of the changes (including increased use of CSS custom variables) in this article.

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Chrome is experimenting with URL display again

Twitter is hilarious (but not really). I respect Jake and the work he does for the web and this week one tweet of his really took off (in a not so good way). In true Twitter style, I read this post and the comments without watching the video and was annoyed at the end and […]

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Twitter User Analysis

This tool allows you to drop in a publicly accessible twitter user, and will then run some machine learning across up to 3,200 tweets. This is necessarily the optimum number of tweets, but more to do with the limit of the Twitter API. It looks at your most commonly used words, how positive or negative […]

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Eleventastic – 11ty Starter Pack

I’m on annual leave this week and I’m looking for a few online tidbits that I want to try out and learn something new. Eleventy is high on that list so I’m likely to post a few things around that. When getting into these new technologies I always like to initially try and leverage off […]

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Dark mode with stack overflow

StackOverflow now has a Dark Mode. This tutorial goes through the entire process from finding the right colours across their brand assets to how they implemented it through the CSS.

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Image Techniques On The Web

This isn’t the usual image tutorial that we feature where the focus is on the responsive code implementation. Instead, Ahmad takes a close look at the different design approaches you can have with images and how they’re done with CSS & HTML.

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PostCSS 8.0 is coming

PostCSS is a tool for transforming CSS with JavaScript. It will auto prefix vendor specific code, add pollyfills to new CSS methods based on your browser support needs and more. Now PostCSS 8.0 will bring new API for plugins, which will make your CSS build faster and keep your node_modules smaller.

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Technical writing courses from Google

If you’re working on the web it’s a good chance you’ve had to write a technical document at some point in your career. These are aimed at engineers and product owners but I think everyone could learn something from these free resources.

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Learn Eleventy From Scratch

Are you interested in the JAM Stack but you’re not really sure how to get started? Have you been working with Hugo, Gatsby, or Jekyll or other static site generators but you want to give Eleventy a go? Well I HIGHLY recommend you signing up to this new course from Andy Bell, currently on Early […]

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A Variable Fonts Primer

This site, made by the friends of Google Fonts, cover everything about Variable Fonts and show you how to get started. Google Fonts have even included variable fonts as one of the filter options on it’s own site. BEWARE though, make sure you also read the performance article about Variable Fonts below and understand when […]

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CSS Viewport Units

A great round up of what CSS Viewport Units can offer you along with a whole bunch of useful examples on how and when to implement them.

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Variable fonts: Is the performance trade-off worth it?

Ann takes a look at the Roboto Variable Font compared against loading static versions of the Font to see which has the better performance. As with most things, it depends is really the answer, but this should make you think twice before automatically reaching for a variable font (and it helps you understand what you […]

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Introducing the Page Visibility API

The Page Visibility API is useful for detecting the visibility state of the page. We can listen to the visibilitychange event and then get the visibility state with document.visibilityState and so what we want with it. How can you use it? Well imagine you’re playing a video and then scroll away from it, or maybe […]

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Performant front-end architecture

A step by step tutorial that shows you a variety of techniques to make the front-end of your site feel faster.

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Responsive Grid Magazine Layout in Just 20 Lines of CSS

A really clever approach using a combination of Grid layout and nth-child declarations produces this lovely looking responsive magazine layout. When I first came across CSS Grid I really struggled to understand how it was going to change the way in which we built our sites until I took some time to put the periodic […]

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