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Creating CSS Shapes with Emoji

10 hours 21 minutes ago

CSS Shapes is a standard that lets us create geometric shapes over floated elements that cause the inline contents — usually text — around those elements to wrap along the specified shapes.

Such a shaped flow of text looks good in editorial designs or designs that work with text-heavy contents to add some visual relief from the chunks of text.

Here’s an example of CSS Shape in use:

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Preethi

CSS in 3D: Learning to Think in Cubes Instead of Boxes

18 hours 38 minutes ago

My path to learning CSS was a little unorthodox. I didn’t start as a front-end developer. I was a Java developer. In fact, my earliest recollections of CSS were picking colors for things in Visual Studio.

It wasn’t until later that I got to tackle and find my love for the front end. And exploring CSS came later. When it did, it was around the time CSS3 was taking off. 3D and animation were the cool kids on the block. … Read article “CSS in 3D: Learning to Think in Cubes Instead of Boxes”

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Jhey Tompkins

Create an FAQ Slack app with Netlify functions and FaunaDB

1 day 18 hours ago

Sometimes, when you’re looking for a quick answer, it’s really useful to have an FAQ system in place, rather than waiting for someone to respond to a question. Wouldn’t it be great if Slack could just answer these FAQs for us? In this tutorial, we’re going to be making just that: a slash command for Slack that will answer user FAQs. We’ll be storing our answers in FaunaDB, using FQL to search the database, and utilising a Netlify function … Read article “Create an FAQ Slack app with Netlify functions and FaunaDB”

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Matthew Williams

A Primer on the Different Types of Browser Storage

2 days 18 hours ago

In back-end development, storage is a common part of the job. Application data is stored in databases, files in object storage, transient data in caches… there are seemingly endless possibilities for storing any sort of data. But data storage isn’t limited only to the back end. The front end (the browser) is equipped with many options to store data as well. We can boost our application performance, save user preferences, keep the application state across multiple sessions, or even different … Read article “A Primer on the Different Types of Browser Storage”

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Ido Shamun

xm

2 days 18 hours ago

This is a neat little HTML preprocessor from Giuseppe Gurgone. It has very few features, but one of them is HTML includes, which is something I continue to be baffled that HTML doesn’t support natively. There are loads of ways to handle it. I think it’s silly that it’s been consistently needed for decades and HTML could evolve to support it but hasn’t. So anyway, enter another option for handling it.

📢 Today I am open sourcing ✨ ₪

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Chris Coyier

How to Think Like a Front-End Developer

3 days 9 hours ago

The topical idea of “how to think like a front-end developer” began for me as a series of podcast interviews on ShopTalk Show. That was in preparation for a talk I was preparing (and gave) of the same name. That talk evolved into my essay The Great Divide, which evolved into the essay The Widening Responsibility for Front-End Developers.

But also, this entire site is loosely themed “how to think like a front-end developer”. My goal … Read article “How to Think Like a Front-End Developer”

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Chris Coyier

Announcing the 2020 State of CSS Survey

3 days 12 hours ago

Last year’s State of CSS Survey yielded interesting results. There’s the quick adoption of features, like calc() and CSS custom properties. There’s also the overwhelming opinion that CSS is fun to write even as we see a growing reliance on CSS-in JS. We also saw some predictable results, like the proliferation of VS Code as a preferred code editor, the dominance of flexbox as a layout model, as well as BEM and Sass being the most adopted Read article “Announcing the 2020 State of CSS Survey”

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Geoff Graham

“Durable”

3 days 14 hours ago

Looks like the word “durable” is an emerging term in the world of serverless. As I understand it, it’s like allowing for state in places you wouldn’t normally expect to have it. For example, you call some cloud function and run some JavaScript… unless you have it go get some data from elsewhere, it has no information other than it’s own code. It doesn’t remember what happened last time it ran. It’s a clean slate each time. But let’s say … Read article ““Durable””

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Chris Coyier

WooCommerce Payments, Now with Support for Subscriptions and Saved Cards

3 days 18 hours ago

A little while back we shared the news that WooCommerce shipped a beta payments feature as part of its 4.0 release. It’s a free plugin with no monthly costs or setup fees. You only pay when you make a sale.

We’re actually using this right here at CSS-Tricks. In fact, Chris blogged it back in July. Back then, we were using the WooCommerce Payments beta so we could start selling memberships here on the site and do it while taking … Read article “WooCommerce Payments, Now with Support for Subscriptions and Saved Cards”

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Geoff Graham

The failed promise of Web Components

4 days 10 hours ago

Lea has some words:

Perusing the components on webcomponents.org fills me with anxiety, and I’m perfectly comfortable writing JS — I write JS for a living! What hope do those who can’t write JS have? Using a custom element from the directory often needs to be preceded by a ritual of npm flugelhorn, import clownshoes, build quux, all completely unapologetically because “here is my truckload of dependencies, yeah, what”. Many steps are even omitted, likely because they are “obvious”.

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Chris Coyier

Comparing Styling Methods in 2020

4 days 12 hours ago

Over on Smashing, Adebiyi Adedotun Lukman covers all these styling methods. It’s in the context of Next.js, which is somewhat important as Next.js has some specific ways you work with these tools, is React and, thus, is a components-based architecture. But the styling methods talked about transcend Next.js, and can apply broadly to lots of websites.

Here are my hot takes on the whole table-of-contents of styling possibilities these days.

  • Regular CSS. If you can, do. No build tooling

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Chris Coyier

Focus management and inert

4 days 19 hours ago

Many forms of assistive technology use keyboard navigation to understand and take action on screen content. One way of navigating is via the Tab key. You may already be familiar with this way of navigating if you use it to quickly jump from input to input on a form without having to reach for your mouse or trackpad.

Tab will jump to interactive elements in the order they show up in the DOM. This is one of the reasons why … Read article “Focus management and inert”

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Eric Bailey

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