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Core Web Vital Tooling


I still think the Google-devised Core Web Vitals are smart. When I first got into caring about performance, it was all: reduce requests! cache things! Make stuff smaller! And while those are all very related to web performance, they are abstractly related. Actual web performance to users are things...

WordPress and Jamstack


I recently moderated a panel at Netlify’s virtual Jamstack Conf that included Netlify CEO Matt Biilman and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg. The whole thing was built up — at least to some — as a “Jamstack vs. WordPress” showdown. I have lots of thoughts of my own on this...

Creating CSS Shapes with Emoji


CSS Shapes is a standard that lets us create geometric shapes over floated elements that cause the inline contents — usually text — around those elements to wrap along the specified shapes. Such a shaped flow of text looks good in editorial designs or designs that work with text-heavy contents...

CSS in 3D: Learning to Think in Cubes Instead of Boxes


My path to learning CSS was a little unorthodox. I didn’t start as a front-end developer. I was a Java developer. In fact, my earliest recollections of CSS were picking colors for things in Visual Studio. It wasn’t until later that I got to tackle and find my love for the front end....

A Primer on the Different Types of Browser Storage


In back-end development, storage is a common part of the job. Application data is stored in databases, files in object storage, transient data in caches… there are seemingly endless possibilities for storing any sort of data. But data storage isn’t limited only to the back end. The front end (the...

xm


This is a neat little HTML preprocessor from Giuseppe Gurgone. It has very few features, but one of them is HTML includes, which is something I continue to be baffled that HTML doesn’t support natively. There are loads of ways to handle it. I think it’s silly that it’s been...

How to Think Like a Front-End Developer


The topical idea of “how to think like a front-end developer” began for me as a series of podcast interviews on ShopTalk Show. That was in preparation for a talk I was preparing (and gave) of the same name. That talk evolved into my essay The Great Divide, which evolved into the essay...

Smarter Ways to Generate a Deep Nested HTML Structure


Let’s say we want to have the following HTML structure: <div class='boo'<div class='boo'<div class='boo'<div class='boo'<div class='boo'</div</div</div</div</div That’s real a pain to write manually. And the reason why this post was born was being...

“Durable”


Looks like the word “durable” is an emerging term in the world of serverless. As I understand it, it’s like allowing for state in places you wouldn’t normally expect to have it. For example, you call some cloud function and run some JavaScript… unless you have it...

WooCommerce Payments, Now with Support for Subscriptions and Saved Cards


A little while back we shared the news that WooCommerce shipped a beta payments feature as part of its 4.0 release. It’s a free plugin with no monthly costs or setup fees. You only pay when you make a sale. We’re actually using this right here at CSS-Tricks. In fact, Chris blogged...

Comparing Styling Methods in 2020


Over on Smashing, Adebiyi Adedotun Lukman covers all these styling methods. It’s in the context of Next.js, which is somewhat important as Next.js has some specific ways you work with these tools, is React and, thus, is a components-based architecture. But the styling methods talked about...

Focus management and inert


Many forms of assistive technology use keyboard navigation to understand and take action on screen content. One way of navigating is via the Tab key. You may already be familiar with this way of navigating if you use it to quickly jump from input to input on a form without having to reach for your...

The :focus-visible Trick


Always worth repeating: all interactive elements should have a focus style. That way, a keyboard user can tell when they have moved focus to that element. But if you use :focus alone for this, it has a side effect that a lot of people don’t like. It means that when you click (with a mouse)...

People Problems


Just the other day, Jeremy Keith wrote that problems with performance work isn’t only a matter of optimization and fixing code, but also tackling people problems: It struck me that there’s a continuum of performance challenges. On one end of the continuum, you’ve got technical issues. These can...

Full Bleed


We’ve covered techniques before for when you want a full-width element within a constrained-width column, like an edge-to-edge image within a narrower column of text. There are loads of techniques. Perhaps my favorite is this little utility class: .full-width { width: 100vw; position:...

Layoutit Grid: Learning CSS Grid Visually With a Generator


Layoutit Grid is an interactive open source CSS Grid generator. It lets you draw your designs and see the code as you go. You can interact with the code, add or remove track lines and drag them around to change the sizing — and you get to see the CSS and HTML change in real time! Add some tracks...

How to Create a Realistic Motion Blur with CSS Transitions


Before we delve into making a realistic motion blur in CSS, it’s worth doing a quick dive into what motion blur is, so we can have a better idea of what we’re trying to reproduce. Have you ever taken a photo of something moving quickly, especially under low light, and it turned into a blurry...

Let’s Create Our Own Authentication API with Nodejs and GraphQL


Authentication is one of the most challenging tasks for developers just starting with GraphQL. There are a lot of technical considerations, including what ORM would be easy to set up, how to generate secure tokens and hash passwords, and even what HTTP library to use and how to use it.  In...

Netlify Edge Handlers


Some very cool news from Netlify: Edge Handlers are in Early Access (request it here). I think these couple of lines of code do a great job in explaining what an Edge Handler is: export function onRequest(event) { console.log(`Incoming request for ${event.request.url}`); ...

Run Gulp as You Open a VS Code Project


When I open my local project for this very site, there is a 100% chance that I need to run this command before anything else: gulp. I set that up fresh less than a year ago so I’m on the latest-and-greatest stuff and have my workflow just how I like it. I did a few more tweaks a few months...

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