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What We’re Reading, 2019

There are so, so, so (so) many things to read out there on the internet. So many, in fact, that it’s difficult to keep up with everything.

But, hey, we’ve got your back! It’s our job to surface the best of the best and share it with you right here. That’s why it’s a good idea to subscribe to this site and newsletter. Why subscribe to hundreds of sites when you can follow one, right?

Where do we find … Read article “What We’re Reading, 2019”

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Stream-Crossing Confusion

Should I use WordPress or React hooks?
Should I use D3 or CSS?
Should I use Markdown or JSON?
Can I use flexbox in Gatsby?
Can I use custom properties in Jekyll?
Should I use HTML or the cloud?
How do I add dark mode to my Vue site?

These are tongue-in-cheek, but there is a point to be made here. It’s one challenge to understand a technology, and another challenge to understand how technologies fit together. … Read article “Stream-Crossing Confusion”

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How I’ve Improved as a Web Developer (and a Person) in 2019

We’re sliding into the roaring twenties of the twenty-first century (cue Jazz music 🎷). It’s important that you and I, as responsible people, follow the tradition of looking back on the past year and reflect on the things that went right and wrong in the hopes of becoming the best version of ourselves in the year ahead.

I never do New Year’s resolutions, except for when I was ten years old and wanted to open a local self-run detective agency … Read article “How I’ve Improved as a Web Developer (and a Person) in 2019”

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Music and Web Design

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Become a Front-End Master in 2020 With These 10 Project Ideas

This is a little updated cross-post from a quickie article I wrote on DEV. I’m publishing here ‘cuz I’m all IndieWeb like that.

I love this post by Simon Holdorf. He’s got some ideas for how to level up your skills as a front-end developer next year. Here they are:

  • Build a movie search app using React
  • Build a chat app with Vue
  • Build a weather app with Angular
  • Build a to-do app with Svelte

… and 5 … Read article “Become a Front-End Master in 2020 With These 10 Project Ideas”

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The (Developer’s) Growth Model

I really like the post “The Designer’s Growth Model” by Dennis Hambeukers. Dennis just invented this model, but it’s based on some existing ideas and it all rings true for me. Let me try to summarize the five stages as he lays them out for designers. … Read article “The (Developer’s) Growth Model”

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A Course About CSS Layout and Animations

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HTML, CSS and JS in an ADD, OCD, Bi-Polar, Dyslexic and Autistic World

Hey CSS-Tricksters! A lot of folks tweeted, emailed, commented and even courier pigeoned (OK, maybe not that) stories about their personal journeys learning web development after we published “The Great Divide” essay. One of those stories was from Tim Smith and, it was so interesting, that we invited him to share it with the broader community. So, please help us welcome him as he elaborates on his unique personal experience and how it feels to be in his shoes as … Read article “HTML, CSS and JS in an ADD, OCD, Bi-Polar, Dyslexic and Autistic World”

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Learning to Learn

There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether or not you need a degree to be in tech (spoiler: you don’t). But please don’t take this to mean you don’t need any kind of education to be in tech, because by not getting a degree, you’re opting to replace the imposed learning structure of an academy with learning on your own.

Academic background or not, technical education doesn’t stop once you get a job. On the contrary: nothing in … Read article “Learning to Learn”

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Why CSS Needs its Own Survey

2016 was only three years ago, but that’s almost a whole other era in web development terms. The JavaScript landscape was in turmoil, with up-and-comer React — as well as a little-known framework called Vue — fighting to dethrone Angular.

Like many other developers, I felt lost. I needed some clarity, and I figured the best way to get it was simply to ask fellow coders what they used, and more importantly, what they enjoyed using. The result was the … Read article “Why CSS Needs its Own Survey”