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Weekly Platform News: HTML Inspection in Search Console, Global Scope of Scripts, Babel env Adds defaults Query

In this week's look around the world of web platform news, Google Search Console makes it easier to view crawled markup, we learn that custom properties aren't computing hogs, variables defined at the top-level in JavaScript are global to other page scripts, and Babel env now supports the defaults query — plus all of last month's news compiled into a single package for you.… Read article

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#170: Watch an Amateur Spin Up a React + Babel + Webpack + CSS Modules Project

Fair warning! This isn't a speedy, straightforward, expert-driven plow-through of how to set up these technologies. Although, by the end, we do successfully get it all going. This is about documenting the real-world experience of doing this kind of work. Some things work easily, some don't. Sometimes it's my fault. Sometimes the docs are unclear. Sometimes changes have happened under our feet. We have to battle through it all.

We've got a little plan here. What we want to do … Read article

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Browserslist is a Good Idea

As front-end developers, we're well aware that different browsers (and versions) support different web platform features. We make choices based on the support of those features balanced with what analytics tell us about what browsers our users use. For example, if our Google Analytics tell us only 0.01% of users are left on IE 9, perhaps we'll decide it's OK to start using Flexbox and .classList.… Read article

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Transpiling ES6

While support for ES6 is always increasing, we can't always assume that users will be using a browser that supports all its features. So, in order to utilize ES6 features now and make sure we won't run into cross-browser compatibility issues, we need to transpile our code.

Let's look at two possible ways we can perform the task of transpiling our code. First, we will use npm scripts and Babel. For the second, we will look at using Gulp with … Read article

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