#342 — May 30, 2018

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Frontend Focus

Getting Started With CSS Layouts — Whether you’re fairly new to CSS or an experienced developer from elsewhere in the stack who wants to make sure your understanding of layout today is up to date, this guide covers everything you need to know about approaching building layouts with CSS in 2018.

Rachel Andrew

Chrome 67 Released: What's New For Developers? — The latest Chrome introduces support for desktop-based progressive web apps (PWAs) on macOS and Windows, support for the Generic Sensor API, BigInt support in JavaScript, and more. There’s also been a lot of tweaks to Chrome 67’s DevTools.

Pete LePage (Google)

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The Service Worker Cookbook: Practical Examples of Using Service Workers — Examples of using Service Workers to do things like push notifications, caching, fallbacks, complete with annotated code. (Note: The source files are linked at the top right when you go into a specific example. I missed seeing them at first..)


Wired Elements: UI Elements with a Hand-Drawn Look — Possibly useful for wireframes and mockups, or wherever you want a less formal look. Implemented as Web Components and cover things like checkboxes, cards, input fields, radio buttons, etc. GitHub repo.

Preet Shihn

Beyond SPAs: Alternative Architectures for Your PWA — Building a Progressive Web App doesn’t necessarily mean building a single page app. Learn about alternative architectures for content-focused PWAs here.

Jeff Posnick (Google)

Shadow DOM Enabled in Firefox Nightly Builds — Likely to turn up more generally in Firefox 62 or 63.


USA Today Sends EU Users to Ultra Lightweight Site Due to GDPR — The homepage clocks in at 297KB versus 5.5MB for the usual US site and includes no third party tracking.

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📘 Tutorials

How CSS Works: Understanding the Cascade — Make your CSS less brittle by truly understanding the ‘C’ in CSS.

Benjamin Johnson

Z-Index Explained: How to Stack Elements Using CSS — A nice reminder…

Veronika Ivhed

Cheat Sheet: Functional Programming with JavaScript Out Now — A handy resource for JavaScript developers interested in writing functional style code. Get it now.

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The CSS Grid Layout vs CSS Frameworks Debate — With cutting-edge CSS standards like CSS Grid Layout and Flexbox, does it still make sense to learn and use Bootstrap?

Maria Antonietta Perna

▶  PWA Starter Kit: Build Fast, Scalable, Modern Apps with Web Components

Monica Dinculescu

(Sublime) Text Editing Techniques Every Front-End Developer Should Know

Ben Frain

How to Detect WebVR Support with JavaScript

David Walsh

Exploring the Concept of Progressive Web Games

Mozilla Hacks

▶  CSS Grid Can Eliminate Margin Collapsing

Jen Simmons

🔧 Code and Tools

Purgecss: A Tool to Remove Unused CSS


Sparks: A Typeface for Creating Sparklines in Text Without Code

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Chromely: A Lightweight Alternative to Electron.NET for .NET Users — Build HTML5 desktop apps with or without Node/npm on top of .NET/.NET Core.

Kola Matthew Oyewumi

LagRadar: Trace Frame Rate Lag with a Performance 'Radar'

Ben Birch

hybrids: UI Library for Creating Web Components with a Simple and Functional APIInteractive sandbox/demo.

Dominik Lubański

Web Rebels 2018 Taking Place in Oslo Next Week (June 4-5) — A popular Web conference taking place next week has a few tickets left.

Web Rebels