2019 End-of-Year Thoughts Archives | CSS-Tricks

The problem with working on large-scale projects with hundreds of people is that saying "no" can be political suicide. Instead, you have to learn how to say it without sounding like a jerk. You need to educate everyone about performance, responsive design, and accessibility. You'll need to explain to folks what front-end development even is.

Robin Rendle in No, Absolutely Not

... as front-end developers, have the power to do so much more. Only a few years ago, I would need a whole team of developers to accomplish what can now be done with just a few amazing tools.

Ire Aderinokun in JAMstack, Fugu, and Houdini

Whenever we take a part of the technology stack and make it more approachable to a wider audience, we'll start to see an explosion of creativity and innovation. That's exactly what's happened with build processes and bundlers. There's been an explosion of innovation in no small part thanks to extending where front-end developers can reach.

Tim Kadlec in Oh, the Places JavaScript Will Go

We finally have a well-rounded standard toolset for building and analyzing our sites. Nowadays, if a site is slow or expensive to deliver, or slow to respond to user interaction, or inaccessible to assistive technology, or poorly designed on a particular screen, we can take comfort in knowing that it's probably our own fault and that we can fix it.

Scott Jehl in The Tools are Here

Over the last few years, we've been handed all of these new tools, Flexbox and Grid give us a layout system designed for CSS. Perhaps less obviously, however, a set of concepts are emerging that give us a real way to explain CSS layout for the first time. There has been something of a refactoring of the language, turning it from a collection of hacks into something that can be taught as a cohesive system.

Rachel Andrew in Teaching CSS

I realize we're moving from a place where we're not just sharing what we have, we're working to build and improve on what others have built. And then sharing that, and the cycle continues.

Sameera Kapila in The Communal Cycle of Sharing

If there's one new thing in the dev landscape that's caught my attention more than anything in the past year, it's the evolution of JAMstack. Hot dang if it isn't easier to deploy sites and changes to them while getting continuous delivery and a whole lot of performance value to boot.

Geoff Graham in The Best Cocktail in Town

Hey! That looks like a chained jQuery method. I like this and not just for nostalgia's sake. It's the "composition" of functionality that I like. I know CSS is fraught with inheritance problems, but it reminds me of adding well-formed CSS classes. I gravitate towards that. Knowing I personally favor composition actually helped me resolve some weird inconsistent feelings on why I genuinely like React Hooks (composition) even though I'm not particularly fond of the greater React ecosystem (inheritance).

Dave Rupert in The Kind of Development I Like

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