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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How does the Virtual DOM work?

If you’re anything like me you will have heard the term “Virtual DOM” mentioned in a million different tutorials and articles, and probably mixed up the use of the term Virtual and Shadow DOM assuming they’re the same thing (or maybe that was just me). I’ve never really taken the time to properly understand what […]

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Toward Responsive Elements

In this piece Brian talks about the “Container Queries” problem, tries to shine some light on some misconceptions, and tells you about the state of things.

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Humaaans: Mix-&-Match illustration library

This isn’t so much as a bit of news to update you with, but rather an awesome resource that you can use. I’ve always been fine with technical side of constructing a site. I get the architecture requirements, the content matrix, but when it comes to including imagery I used to just forget about it. […]

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HTTPS is Easy!

I don’t like to say things are “Easy” because for someone getting started things are rarely ever easy. This is the name of a series that will help take you through the steps you need to get your site up and secure.

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CSS Positioning

Positioning things within a browser is easy… but positioning where you actually want them to go…. well that’s a whole different story. This tutorial will help take the complexity out of positioning and make it an easier process for you to build your sites.

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Redesign: Gridniking

Frank Chimero’s new redesign has been a fascinating read. This article he looks at how the grid will come together, and if you like that check out his post about the footer too.

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ResizeObserver in WebKit

ResizeObserver has hit WebKit Safari Technology Preview releases by default as of version 97l. Rather than focus on how slow webkit were to enable this feature (Chrome released this in Jan 2018) let’s rejoice in the fact that another browser supports this (Chrome, FF, Edge, Opera… all desktop). The article has a great example and […]

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