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Building a Complex UI Animation in React, Simply

Let’s use React, styled-components, and react-flip-toolkit to make our own version of the animated navigation menu on the Stripe homepage. It’s an impressive menu with some slick animation effects and the combination of these three tools can make it relatively easy to recreate. This is an intermediate-level wa...

Fast, Good, Local Site Search with Jetpack

If you have, say, 20 posts/pages on your WordPress site, the search functionality that is baked right into your self-hosted WordPress site will probably do a great job. Search is a pretty cool feature to ship with WordPress, truth be told. But as a site grows, you’ll find limits. How it works behind the scenes is...

Unused

I recently wrote Here’s the thing about “unused CSS” tools, where I tried to enumerate all the challenges any tool would have in finding truly “unused” CSS. The overarching idea is that CSS selectors match elements in the DOM, and those elements in the DOM come from all sorts of places: your s...

Hyperlinking Beyond the Web

Hyperlinks are the oldest and the most popular feature of the web. The word hypertext (which is the ht in http/s) means text having hyperlinks. The ability to link to other people’s hypertext made the web, a web — a set of connected pages. This fundamental feature has made the web a very powerful platform and i...

Random Day in the Life of a Developer

Yesterday, I started going through my email as soon as I got to work. I always start my day with email. I kinda like email. I read some interesting things in keeping up with the industry. I deal with some business things. I handle with some personal things. I make a note of the most important stuff going on. Then I ke...

Delivering WordPress in 7KB

Over the past six months, I’ve become increasingly interested in the topic of web sustainability. The carbon footprint of the Internet was not something I used to give much thought to, which is surprising considering my interest in environmental issues and the fact that my profession is web-based. The web in a w...

Little Tip: Draw Your Grid in ASCII in Your CSS Comments for Quick Reference

Say you declared a grid like this: body { display: grid; grid-template-columns: min-content 1fr; grid-template-rows: min-content auto min-content; } This depends on content, for sure, but how it’s likely to play out is like this: +---+-------------+ | | | | | | +-----------------...

The CSS Paint API

The CSS Paint API is extremely exciting, not only for what it is, but what it represents, which is the beginning of a very exciting time for CSS. Let’s go over what it is, why we have it and how to start using it. What is the CSS Paint API? The API is just one part of a whole suite of new specifications all under th...

CSS Grid in IE: Faking an Auto-Placement Grid with Gaps

This is the third and final part in a three-part series about using CSS grid safely in Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) without going insane. In Part 1, I covered some of the common misconceptions that people have about IE11’s native CSS grid implementation. In Part 2, I showed the world how easy it actually is to write I...

Prototyping in the Browser

Prototyping animations and interactions is vital for a number of reasons: they can make your interface feel deceptively fast, they can help focus the user on a specific task, and they can provide a better sense of the current state of your application. Is data being loaded? Is something now unclickable? How long do the...