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CSS Grid – Why it’s Amazing, and How to Get Started — October 25, 2018

CSS Grid – Why it’s Amazing, and How to Get Started

A few evenings ago, while trying to answer a question on Quora, I had the pleasure of coming across Morten-Rand Hendriksen’s[1] talk CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts)[2]. While I had briefly played around with CSS Grid a while back, it wasn’t’ until I watched this vid, that I truly became hooked. If you take nothing else from this post, watch this vid!!

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Never Graduate Week 2018! — May 16, 2018

Never Graduate Week 2018!

It’s been close to a whole year since I’ve written, and we’re in the middle of Never Graduate Week (which I’ll now call NGW), here at Recurse Center. I’m surrounded by so many wonderful, and inspiringly awesome people this week – so I decided it was time to start blogging again!

I’m in the middle of lots of transition and balancing right now in my life, and it’s been a super busy week (on top of all the really awesome talks, workshops, and events going on during NGW). As dev stuff goes, my laptop died 2 weeks ago (which turned out to be a blessing in disguise) – so I went from a 4 or 5 year old Acer V3-551G-X419 15-inch running Windows 8, to an XPS 12 (which simultaneously doubles as a tablet and a laptop)!! It’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and I’ve discovered (much to my surprise) that I really love Windows 10, and that I’m really loving having a 12-inch laptop[1] – words I never thought I’d say about either one of those!

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CSS Isn’t Black Magic – Understanding Browser Rendering of CSS — July 17, 2017

CSS Isn’t Black Magic – Understanding Browser Rendering of CSS

I just came across this really amazing article by Aimee Marie Knight, called CSS Isn’t Black Magic, that explains how CSS Rendering works in the browser, as well as the CSSOM (CSS Object Model) and the CSS stack(s). One great thing is that it expands on how specificity works, and what gets prioritized – which is really important for targeting tags and elements, and knowing which css portions will be effective in making the changes you want.

I thought I’d developed a pretty solid knowledge and understanding of CSS by now, but this is a whole new area I wasn’t really aware of, and it’s really integral to writing great CSS code.

I highly recommend giving it a read!

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