Friday Frontend: Post-conference Inspiration Edition
This week I was lucky enough to attend and speak at Web Unleashed 2017 in Toronto, and boy did I have fun! I love conferences; I always come away inspired and with a ton of new ideas and things I want to explore.
Major themes at Web Unleashed this year were progressive web applications, front-end unit testing, and component-based thinking and workflows. They’re gathering slides from as many of the speakers as possible, so definitely check those out, and at least 2 of the rooms were being recorded so I imagine they’ll be posting videos soon.
I hope your week as as good as mine - if not, hopefully I can brighten it a bit with this Friday Frontend! Enjoy!
KBall from ZenDev
P.S. - The conference inspired me to embrace being a ‘hybrid’ and explore more design skills to go with my development background… what’s inspiring YOU these days? Add a comment below and let me know!
CSS & SCSS
Don’t be fooled by the title - this is a nice rebuttal to the “CSS is the Devil” crowd and a discussion of the problem domain that CSS is designed to address.
A nice little two-part series that introduces you first to the capabilities exposed by Sass, and then how to use it to level up your use of ZURB Foundation.
Some details are beginning to emerge about the CSS techniques being included in Safari and other browsers to address the unique challenges posed by the iPhone X.
An excellent little walkthrough of what CSS position:sticky enables and how it’s going to make our lives SO much easier when creating sticky components.
I had the opportunity to chat with Rachel Andrew while I was at Web Unleashed, and was reminded yet again that if you want to know about CSS Grid, there is really no one more knowledgeable. This is a great video series she’s put together for learning CSS Grid by example.
An excellent walkthrough of some of the key things to consider when structuring state inside of a React/Redux application. Redux is amazing, but not all state is appropriate for redux.
I’m a big fan of Redux as a model for managing state within a single page application. Most folks associate Redux with using React, but did you know you can use it with Angular (or Vue, or really just about any view library) as well? Check out this nice tutorial of using Redux with Angular!
One of both the pros and the cons of an all-encompassing framework like Angular is the amount of choices it makes for you. On the negative side, this reduces your options, but on the positive side it does a heckuva lot of work for you. The Angular CLI, inspired by the Ember CLI 😉, takes this even further and sets up all the pieces you need for an awesome Angular development flow.
Just last week we included an article about how Wordpress was moving away from using React due to licensing concerns around the React patent clause… and this week Facebook announced they’re relicensing to a pure MIT license! In the words of Joe Biden, this is a Big F*ing Deal.
Concurrent with the relicensing, Facebook released a complete rewrite of React that is API-compatible but enables asynchronous rendering. Check out this super cool behind-the-scenes view into how they did it.
Wow. Just wow. There’s a lot in here, and it’s definitely worth taking a look through.
A delightful and thorough introduction to programmatically creating animations using three.js. Super cool!
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