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  1. 07 Jun, 2018

    Presentational and Container Components

    Dan Abramov talks about a convention for structuring React components, which resonates with me very much. I talked about how I tend to be frustrated with a lot of the React demos, projects, and boilerplates I come across: In a […]

  2. 07 Jun, 2018

    I dunno

    Hi, I’m a web designer. I make websites for a living. I try to keep up with how things are getting done in the industry in order to continue to make websites. That means I learn new things. I’m fortunate […]

  3. 01 Jun, 2018

    Encouraging Play in Design Systems

    Here’s Tyler Sticka with a great article about how important it is for a UI design system to continue to evolve and improve over time. You can’t just get things built and then say, “That’s it! Things must stay this […]

  4. 01 Jun, 2018

    React.js Introduction For People Who Know Just Enough jQuery To Get By

    Related to Sarah’s post about migrating from jQuery to Vue, there was a great post a while ago about migrating from jQuery to React.

  5. 01 Jun, 2018

    Replacing jQuery With Vue.js: No Build Step Necessary

    I absolutely love this article by Sarah Drasner about replacing jQuery with Vue.js. We need more articles like this. “Here’s how to replace the once-new hotness with the new hotness.” I’ve been neck-deep in React-land for a while, and I’m trying […]

  6. 29 May, 2018

    Presentational and Container Components

    In my post about struggling to learn React, I talk about how I’ve been frustrated by a lot of examples, tutorials, and projects where presentation code and business logic are all kludged together. I’d love to see projects that feature […]

  7. 29 May, 2018

    Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

    Absolutely fascinating read about the fate of Google’s project to archive the world’s books. It’s a story of ambition and legal jujitsu.

  8. 29 May, 2018

    The Slow Death of Internet Explorer and the Future of Progressive Enhancement

    Regardless of how perfectly formed and well-written your code, sometimes things break through no fault of your own, even in modern browsers. If you’re not actively testing your site, bugs are more likely to reach your users, unbeknownst to you. […]

  9. 23 May, 2018

    My Struggle with Testing Code – daverupert.com

    I know that unit testing logic and functional/integration testing DOM manipulation is different. But again, there’s a gulf in my mind between expect(page.title).toBe(‘hello world’) and “Make sure this doesn’t fuck up when resizing Internet Explorer 10 between 720px and 800px.” Source: My […]

  10. 22 May, 2018

    Shop Talk Show: CSS in JS Edition

    Chris and Dave weigh in on some of the hot drama that happened after I tweeted a joke about CSS-in-JS.  Before I did that, I also hastily linked to a podcast where wrote a few quick thoughts about some of […]

  11. 21 May, 2018

    Identifying, Auditing, and Discussing Third Parties

    Here’s Harry with a great process for identifying third-party scripts that wreak havoc on performance. Note that while he discusses bytes and bits, these problems are mainly political. The attitude in which you approach a process like this makes all […]

  12. 18 May, 2018

    Learning React: Is This ES6 or React?

    I posted about my struggle to learn React, and I talked about how ES6 and React travel together, and it’s hard to untangle things. This post does a good job of dividing what convention belongs to React and what belongs […]

  13. 18 May, 2018

    Hail the maintainers

    This is a very good read about our collective infatuation with “innovation.” The authors argue that maintenance is just as — if not more — important than innovation. Entire societies have come to talk about innovation as if it were […]

  14. 17 May, 2018

    The Simplest Web Site That Could Possibly Work Well

    Love this post from Zach, reminding us that websites don’t have to be a gigantic pile of dependencies and complexity.

  15. 17 May, 2018

    How to Take Criticism

    How to Take Criticism Ask yourself: Is this helpful or not helpful? Translate. Stay curious. Hang in there until you receive actionable feedback. Very good read about how to take criticism in your work.

  16. 16 May, 2018

    Dumb React

    I recently posted about my struggle to learn React. There are a lot of personal reasons for this, which I explain in the post. But I’ve also found it frustrating that many React tutorials, projects, and boilerplates I’ve encountered are […]

  17. 15 May, 2018


    This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web. Write something, hit publish, and it’s live. There’s no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, analytics, javascript, cookies, databases, user accounts, comments, friending, likes, follower counts or other quantifiers of social capital. The only practical […]

  18. 09 May, 2018

    A response “my Struggle to learn react” – andrewingram – Medium

    Here’s a great response to my My struggle to learn React post from Andrew Ingram. He addresses each point one by one, which I find to be really helpful. Source: A response “my Struggle to learn react” – andrewingram – […]

  19. 09 May, 2018

    My struggle to learn React

    I’m going to be honest: I’ve had a hell of a time getting my head around React. More than any other technology I’ve touched over the last 10 years of my career, I just haven’t had it click for me. […]

  20. 08 May, 2018

    Design Systems

    Here’s Jeremy with some wise words about design systems. The generally-accepted definition of a design system is that it’s the outer circle—it encompasses pattern libraries, style guides, and any other artefacts. But there’s something more. Just because you have a […]