Archive for the ‘Beginner’ Category

Introduction to Webpack: Entry, Output, Loaders, and Plugins

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Front-end development has shifted to a modular approach, improving the encapsulation and structure of codebases. Tooling became a critical part of any project, and right now there are a lot of possible choices. Webpack has gained popularity in the last...

Masking vs. Clipping: When to Use Each

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I was recently doing some client work where I used both <clipPath>s and <mask>s in SVG to hide and show content for animation. When I started this project, I thought I knew all of the reasons to use one over the other. But, as tends to happ...

Using Filters in Vue.js

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Filters are an interesting way to deal with data rendering in Vue but are only useful in a small amount of cases. The first thing to understand about filters is that they aren't replacements for methods, computed values, or watchers, because filters do...

A Guide to 2017 Conferences

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Back by popular demand! It's difficult to keep track of all of the great talks and conferences happening in our industry. Sometimes you may find out too late that an event is taking place, and it's a real shame when it's an something you might have att...

Web Animation Workshops

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I’m thrilled to announce a brand new workshop series I’m starting with Val Head about web animation! We’ll be taking two-day workshop around to different cities starting this November, starting with Austin and New York. Whether you’re a beginne...

Use Cases for Fixed Backgrounds in CSS

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File this into a category of personal "CSS Ah-Ha Moments". The background-attachment property has never seemed all that useful to me. I have always looked at it as some sort of old school design trick from the GeoCities days to get a repeating backgrou...

What the heck is the event loop anyway?

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In 2014, Philip Roberts gave a great talk at JSConf EU, walking through the event loop and breaking down what JavaScript is doing under the hood for those of us without CS degrees. I came across this talk the other day in my Twitter stream, and really ...

Web Design in 4 Minutes

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Jeremy Thomas explains web design (the basic applying style to content part) through an interactive step-by-step walkthrough. I could see this being an ah-ha moment for plenty of folks in the early stages of understanding web design. Direct Link to Art...

The Moment CSS Started Making “Sense”

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It was way back in 2008 that Chris shared his "Ah-ha!" moment when working with CSS. You know, that metaphorical lightbulb that ignites when you go from not knowing what the heck CSS is to suddenly having a baseline for understanding how it works. For...