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#175: 7 Things to Know About Webflow

(This is a sponsored video I worked on between us at CSS-Tricks and Webflow. I think Webflow is a fascinating product for building websites that is, in my opinion, in a category all to itself at the moment. It takes a little bit to wrap your mind around, so I hope that's what this video can help you do.)… Read article


#174: Using Local Overrides in DevTools

There is a feature of Chrome DevTools that lets you: Use that saved version to override the live version, even on page refresh. That last one is pretty awesome. If you're debugging a problem that only seems to happen on the live website, it gives you a debugging tool that will allow … Read article


#173: Ooooops I guess we’re full-stack developers now.

And by "we're", I mean us, front-end developers ;) Here's the website that goes with this talk. This is a talk I put together where I postulate that, over time, the breadth of what front-end developers are able to do and are being asked to do has widened to the point that it's become full-stack development. Not that we've replaced back-end developers, because they are as important as ever too, it's just there is more overlap and more possibility. Also, … Read article


#172: Hand SVGing a Curved Line

I find that 98% of all my SVG usage comes from pre-created SVG files or vector art in some design software that I ultimately export as SVG. Not super often am I hand-manipulating the coordinates of things in the SVG code. Hey, I've even got a book about all that. But once in a while, it's appropriate, and maybe even a little bit fun. In this case, I wanted to draw a pretty specific line with a couple of … Read article


#171: Movable Stacked Card Row in CSS

The same basic idea as the cards on the homepage of v17 of this site. … Read article


#170: Watch an Amateur Spin Up a React + Babel + Webpack + CSS Modules Project

Fair warning! This isn't a speedy, straightforward, expert-driven plow-through of how to set up these technologies. Although, by the end, we do successfully get it all going. This is about documenting the real-world experience of doing this kind of work. Some things work easily, some don't. Sometimes it's my fault. Sometimes the docs are unclear. Sometimes changes have happened under our feet. We have to battle through it all. We've got a little plan here. What we want to do … Read article


#169: How to Think Like a Front-End Developer

This is a video from my talk at WordCamp US. Let’s take a peek at what front-end development has become these days. Starting from what the role is, where we sit, and the expectations of us. Then we’ll get into the problems we face, how to approach them, and the tools we have at our disposal. We’ll look at how Gutenberg might fit into our lives as front-end developers. It's my first time giving this talk, and I will be … Read article


#168: CSS-in-JS

I'm joined by Dustin Schau in this video and he is going to take me on a tour of the world of what has come to be known as CSS-in-JS. That is, doing your styling entirely in JavaScript, rather than in files that you up in the head all on your own. Dustin is a perfect guide for this, as he created a great exploratory tool called CSS in JS Playground and also has a brand new … Read article


#167: Sponsored Videos for Jetpack and WooCommerce

This is a compilation of four videos I've done over the last few months for a sponsorship with Automattic. It's mostly about Jetpack, a WordPress plugin I quite like and that we use here at CSS-Tricks), but also touches on setting up WooCommerce to create a personal store.… Read article


#166: Learn to Integrate Visual Testing with Percy

Did you know that you can set up a review system so that every pull request you make shows you exactly what has changed visually on your site? That's exactly what Percy does. It assumes what you have on master is correct (configurable) and, when you do a pull request, it literally takes screenshots and compares them to the screenshots of what is on master. If anything has changed, it lets you know, just like unit or integration tests would. … Read article


#165: Building Your Backend with Serverless Functions

David Wells & Chris Coyier talk about how you can build an app hosted on Netlify statically but still have a backend database to power it. We use the classic TODO app example where the database is powered by FaunaDB and we talk to that database via serverless functions (i.e. Node.js JavaScript functions running on AWS Lambda via Netlify's extremely easy and powerful integration). Put the JavaScript files in a folder and they'll be deployed and runnable!… Read article


#164: Basic WooCommerce Walkthrough

WooCommerce is a powerful and flexible eCommerce plugin for WordPress. Wanna sell subscriptions or memberships? WooCommerce can do that? Digital downloads? Yep. Appointments and bookings? Sure. But the meat and potatoes of eCommerce, so to speak, is selling a physical product and shipping it and WooCommerce does that great as well. That's exactly what we do on CodePen's store. We aren't exactly in the eCommerce business as our primary thing, so we wanted something easy to … Read article


#163: First Steps with Serverless

David Wells, from Netlify, and I take some baby steps into building things with Serverless. We'll mostly be looking at cloud functions here and how using them from an otherwise static hosting environment means you've unlocked all sorts of possibilities. Links from the video: WebtaskCode.xyzNetlify's support of cloud functionsThe Power of Serverless for Front-End Developerscreate-react-app-lambdanetlify-faunadb-exampleReact… Read article


#162: What the Heck is Serverless?

David Wells, from Netlify, and I take a crack at answering this question in an understandable way. Are there still servers involved? Of course, but you don't manage them, scale them, or pay for them when you aren't using them. It really is a different model that deserves a new name. Better yet, they enable front-end developers like us to do more than we ever thought we could. We'll cover a variety of use cases that might get you … Read article


#161: Jetpack

Jetpack sponsored this video, which goes into what Jetpack is and can do for your site. These are my words though! I'm a big Jetpack fan and I run Jetpack on all my self-hosted WordPress sites. It does a ton both feature-wise and performance-wise. In this video, we look at a WordPress site I recently spun up where Jetpack was essentially the first plugin I installed. … Read article


#160: The All-Powerful Front-End Developer

The internet is, without metaphor, just a bunch of servers tied together with wires. Without servers, we'd have no way to share our creations with the world. Yet, in a bit of a paradox, servers are less essential to our work than they've ever been. We can now do things on the front-end that used to require a back end. When we do need a backend, our front-end skills can be put to work, giving us some surprisingly powerful new … Read article


#159: Learning Vue

Sarah Drasner and I dig into Vue! Vue is a very popular JavaScript framework that is absolutely exploding. Sarah is on the core team and is about the most passionate fan of Vue I've ever known. … Read article


#158: An Expando Button Menu

I saw a Dribbble shot the other day by Eli Brumley that had a cool interactive effect. A simple circular blue button, when clicked, expands into a small menu itself. I fired up Professor Mode on CodePen to let people watch as I built, but I also recorded it so I could talk my way through it and publish it here.… Read article


#157: A Tale of Four Properties

This is a talk I've given at a couple of conferences recently. It's about four different properties in CSS: shape-outsideoffset-pathclip-path… Read article


#156: Let’s Talk About Webpack

Sean Larkin joins me to talk about Webpack! I doubt I'm alone in being a bit confused about what the heck Webpack is and does. Even if you're actively using a project that uses it! We're just going to scratch the surface here, but hopefully while talking it out in a way that will make sense to you. One thing that helps me think about (a little, anyway, I'm no expert) is that while you do need to configure … Read article