#426 — February 5, 2020

Read on the Web

Frontend Focus

CO2 Emissions On The Web — Sites are said to now be four times bigger than they were in 2010. This post looks at the energy costs of data transfer and what you can do to reduce your web carbon footprint.

Danny van Kooten

Old CSS, New CSS — This is a tale of one individuals personal history with CSS and web design, offering a comprehensive, detailed “blend of memory and research”. A great trip down memory lane for any of you who got started on the web in the 90s.

Evelyn Woods

Open-Source Serverless CMS Powered by React, Node & GraphQL — The way we build, deploy and operate the web is evolving. Webiny is a developer-friendly serverless CMS. Use it to build websites, APIs and apps and deploy them as microservices. SEO-friendly pages and fast performance. View on GitHub.

Webiny sponsor

How Smashing Magazine Manages Content: Migration From WordPress To JAMStack — An interesting look at how a big site like Smashing Magazine went about migrating from WordPress to a static infrastructure. This technical case study covers the gains and losses, things the Smashing team had wished they’d known earlier, and what they were surprised by.

Sarah Drasner

▶  What’s New in DevTools in Chrome 80 — New features include improved WebAssembly debugging, network panel updates, support for let and class redeclarations and more.

Google Chrome Developers

A New Technique for Making Responsive, JavaScript-Free Charts — There are countless libraries for generating charts on the web, but they all seem to require JavaScript. Here’s how the New York Times approached JS-free charts with SVG.

Rich Harris

Bringing The Microsoft Edge DevTools to More Languages

Erica Draud (Microsoft)

💻 Jobs

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📙 News, Tutorials & Opinion

HTML Attributes to Improve Your Users' Two Factor Authentication Experience — How to use the HTML autocomplete, inputmode and pattern attributes to improve the user experience of logging in.

Phil Nash

▶  Exploring the Frontend Performance of the UK's National Rail Website — Runs through using the layers panel in Chrome DevTools to diagnose performance issues on a high traffic website.

Umar Hansa

Transitioning Hidden Elements — Paul Hebert has written a little JavaScript utility to wrap up all of the intricacies of dealing with transitioning hidden elements - often tricky as they’re not in the document flow.

Cloud Four

How I Recreated A Polaroid Camera with CSS Gradients Only — A high-level tutorial showing how to recreate physical products with just CSS. The end result here is a Polaroid camera made entirely out of gradients.

Sarah L. Fossheim

The React Hooks Guide: In-Depth Tutorial with Examples. Start Learning — Learn all about React Hooks as we comprehensively cover: State and Effects, Context, Reducers, and Custom React Hooks.

Progress KendoReact sponsor

How To Create A Headless WordPress Site On The JAMstack

Sarah Drasner & Geoff Graham

Using the CSS line-height Property to Improve Readability

William Le

Possibly The Easiest Way to Run a Static Site Generator

CSS Tricks

Getting Keyboard-focusable Elements — A quick JavaScript function for managing focus.

Zell Liew

Shopping for Speed On eBay — This case study explains how eBay increased key metrics by optimizing the performance of their web/app experiences.

Addy Osmani

How We Started Treating Frontend Performance as a Feature — A non-technical guide to the decisions HubSpot made (and the tools they now utilise) that helped them start treating frontend performance as a feature.

Adam Markon

🔧 Code, Tools and Resources

LegraJS — Lego Brick Graphics — A small (3.36KB gzipped) JS library that lets you draw using LEGO like brick shapes on an HTML <canvas> element.

Preet Shihn

massCode: A Free and Open Source Code Snippets Manager

Anton Reshetov

Axe Pro: Free Accessibility Testing Tool Created for Development Teams

Deque sponsor

micro-jaymock: Tiny API Mocking Microservice for Generating Fake JSON Data


Craft 3.4 is Here — Version 3.4 of this paid CMS brings improvements to user experience, collaboration, GraphQL, and more.


   🗓 Upcoming Events

Flashback Conference, February 10-11 — Orlando, USA — Looks at cutting-edge web dev, browser APIs and tooling, but adds how they’ve evolved from the past to the web of today.

Frontend Developer Love, February 19-21 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — Three full days of talks from 35+ global JavaScript leaders from around the world.

ConveyUX, March 3-5 — Seattle, USA — This West Coast user experience conference features over 65 sessions across three days.

W3C Workshop on Web & Machine Learning, 24-25 March — Berlin, Germany — Hosted by Microsoft, this free event aims to “bring together providers of Machine Learning tools and frameworks with Web platform practitioners to enrich the Open Web Platform with better foundations for machine learning”.