Category: history

Clearfix: A Lesson in Web Development Evolution

The web community has, for the most part, been a spectacularly open place. As such, a lot of the best development techniques happen right out in the open, on blogs and in forums, evolving as they’re passed around and improved. I thought it might be fun (and fascinating) to actually follow this creative exchange all t...

A Look Back at the History of CSS

When you think of HTML and CSS, you probably imagine them as a package deal. But for years after Tim Berners-Lee first created the World Wide Web in 1989, there was no such thing as CSS. The original plan for the web offered no way to style a website at all. There’s a now-infamous post buried in the archives of ...

Why Is a String Called a String?

Why is a string called a string? Have you ever given this some thought? We never use such a word in contexts other than programming for a set of letters sticking together, and yet – in programming it’s as pervasive as the word “variable”. Why is that, and where does it come from? To find out, we...

WebAssembly Is Overdue: Thoughts on JavaScript for Large Projects

[special]At Auth0, most of our software is developed using JavaScript. We make heavy use of the language both on the front and the back-end.[/special] In this article, we’ll take a look at JavaScript’s usefulness as a general purpose language and give a brief run down of its development, from conception to ...

20 Years of CSS

Bert Bos, noting today as quite a notable day: On December 17, 1996, W3C published the first standard for CSS. Very interesting to see what historic points made the cut for the timeline. The Zen Garden, acid tests, preprocessors… good times! Direct Link to Article — Permalink 20 Years of CSS is a post fro...

Resilient Web Design

Jeremy Keith released a new book, for free, on the web only: This is not a handbook. It’s more like a history book. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Resilient Web Design is a post from CSS-Tricks ...

The Languages Which Almost Became CSS

Today, CSS doesn’t really have any competitors. We might compile another language to get it, or apply it in unusual ways, but ultimately styling happens on the web through CSS. But before CSS cemented itself, tells us there was RRP, PWP, FOSI, DSSSL, PSL, CHSS, and JSSS. An awesome journey through web styling hi...

The Languages Which Almost Became CSS

Today, CSS doesn’t really have any competitors. We might compile another language to get it, or apply it in unusual ways, but ultimately styling happens on the web through CSS. But before CSS cemented itself, tells us there was RRP, PWP, FOSI, DSSSL, PSL, CHSS, and JSSS. An awesome journey through web styling hi...