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A Quick CSS Audit and General Notes About Design Systems

I’ve been auditing a ton of CSS lately and thought it would be neat to jot down how I’m going about doing that. I’m sure there are a million different ways to do this depending on the size and scale of your app and how your CSS works under the hood, so please take all this with a grain of salt.

First a few disclaimers: at Gusto, the company I work for today, our engineers and designers all write in … Read article

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Getting to Know a Legacy Codebase

Harry Roberts talks about some methods for getting comfy with a new ("specifically CSS") code base. Harry's done this a lot as someone who parachutes into new code bases regularly as a consultant. But I think this is also quite interesting for people starting a new job. So much web development work is working on existing sites, not green fielding new ones.… Read article

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Code Review Etiquette

Code reviews are a big part of writing software, especially when working within a team. It is important to have an agreed-upon etiquette for reviewing code within a team. A code review is a critique and a critique can often feel more personal than the code writing itself. A sloppy, under-researched, or insensitive code critique can cause difficulties between team members, reduce overall team productivity, and diminish code quality over time. This post will briefly define code reviews, describe some … Read article

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When Design Becomes Part of the Code Workflow

I recently did an experiment where I created the same vector illustration in three different applications, exported the illustration as SVG in each application, then wrote a post comparing the exported code.

While I loved the banter and insights that came in the comments, I was surprised that the bulk of conversation was centered on the file size of the compiled SVG.… Read article

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More code review tools (on GitHub)

GitHub has improved their code reviewing tools:

Effective code review catches bugs before they’re deployed, improves code consistency, and helps educate new developers. We’re adding new features to make code review on GitHub faster and more flexible.

A few include a handy timeline indicator showing what you might’ve missed after reviewing a pull request, and a way to filter filters in a pull request by type (e.g. maybe you just want to look at the CSS files). … Read article

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