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A Business Case for Dropping Internet Explorer

The distance between Internet Explorer (IE) 11 and every other major browser is an increasingly gaping chasm. Adding support for a technologically obsolete browser adds an inordinate amount of time and frustration to development. Testing becomes onerous. Bug-fixing looms large. Developers have wanted to abandon IE for years, but is it now financially prudent to do so?… Read article “A Business Case for Dropping Internet Explorer”

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Should a website work without JavaScript?

The JS Party podcast just had a fun episode where they debated this classic question by splitting into two groups of two. Each group was assigned a “side” of this debate, and then let loose to debate it. I don’t think anybody can listen to a show like this and not be totally flooded with thoughts! Here are mine.… Read article “Should a website work without JavaScript?”

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Interviewing for a Technical Position Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Jacob Schatz (@jakecodes) is a staff engineer over at GitLab and was kind enough to share how he conducts job interviews for technical positions and his thinking process for them. Technical interviews are talked about often and can be a touchy subject for some, so it’s worth noting that this article expresses Jacob’s own opinions and are not necessarily shared by his employer.

Are you an interviewee who is terrified, exhausted, sad, or disappointed? I’d love to change … Read article “Interviewing for a Technical Position Doesn’t Have to Be Scary”

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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”

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#169: How to Think Like a Front-End Developer

This is a video from my talk at WordCamp US.

Let’s take a peek at what front-end development has become these days. Starting from what the role is, where we sit, and the expectations of us. Then we’ll get into the problems we face, how to approach them, and the tools we have at our disposal. We’ll look at how Gutenberg might fit into our lives as front-end developers.

It’s my first time giving this talk, and I will be … Read article “#169: How to Think Like a Front-End Developer”

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Would You Watch a Documentary Walking Through Codebases?

This resonated pretty strongly with people:

I think I was watching some random Netflix documentary and daydreaming that the subject was actually something I was super interested in: a semi-high-quality video deep dive into different companies codebases, hearing directly from the developers that built and maintain them. … Read article “Would You Watch a Documentary Walking Through Codebases?”

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Nobody is quite wrong.

There are two opposing views on using non-polyfillable new web features that I find are both equally common in our industry:

  1. Websites don’t need to look the same in every browser. The concept of progressive enhancement helps with that. There are tools, even native language features, that help with this.
  2. If browser support isn’t where I want it to be, it’s just exotic eye candy for demos and not to be used.

I’m not sure I’d say either one of … Read article “Nobody is quite wrong.”