Web Weekly #12
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I just returned from a relaxing bike ride and a long walk around Berlin's Tempelhofer Feld. It's so good to be outside, and I hope you had some refreshing moments this week, too!
This week's Web Weekly includes...
- detailed website performance audits
- container queries in CSS (are they really coming?)
- custom CSS list styles using
... and, as always, GitHub repositories, new Tiny Helpers and some music.
Shall we? Let's jump in!
I love web performance audits. There's always a lot to learn when experts look "under the hood" of a slow website. With the Formula 1 season's start, Jake Archibald kicks off the webperf analysis for the racing teams' websites. Great learning material!
Learn more about web performance
Jakub Neander listed great Rust-based command-line tools. I use
cat with syntax highlighting) and
exa (a better
ls) myself. If you spend a lot of time on the CLI, you definitely should have a look!
The post of Rust tools above also includes the tool
grex accepts multiple strings and returns regular expression matching these. It's magic! I shared a quick video on Twitter, and it really took off. 🤯
Use grex to create regular expressions
Container queries are high on developers' wishlist for ages. The hope is that we'll be able to style elements depending on their width instead of the viewport's width one day.
And browser vendors started looking at implementing it. Una Kravets shared that Chrome ships container queries behind a flag (
enable-container-queries) already. You can play around with the
@container syntax today! 😲
See Container queries in action
Google's AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a web framework that promises to make the web faster. I'm all behind this idea, but, unfortunately, Google pushed their invention onto all of us. If you wanted to be included in the top-row mobile search results, you have to follow Google's rules and ship AMP.
Fortunately, this "enforcement" will disappear in May 2021, and the carousel can include "normal" sites then. Ethan Marcotte shares what that means for the web.
I enjoy Josh Spector's work. He runs the "For the interested" newsletter. I recommend checking it out, if you blog or create content online. His article about blogging is worth your time, too.
If you always wanted to create your own custom VS Code theme but didn't know how to start. Say Hi to "Theme Studio for VS Code". Log in, adjust colours and call it a day.
Create your custom VSCode theme
Des Preston shared an interesting approach to interviews (as interviewer or interviewee). He asks the persons in the conversation about the best engineer they worked with. That's a fascinating take, because I can totally see how it sparks valuable conversations.
To make your websites fully accessible, you have to test them with assistive technology such as screen readers. VoiceOver is the screen reader coming with macOS. If you want to get started, Yakim van Zuijlen wrote an excellent guide to get started.
Get started with VoiceOver testing
Did you know that there's an at-rule to style list counters –
@counter-style. Soon it will be supported in Chromiums and Firefox. I posted a quick #devsheet sharing details about it on Twitter.
Learn more about @counter-style
Chris Ashton shared that he learned something from this newsletter on Twitter. Thanks so much, Chris!
The additions to Tiny Helpers are slowing down. I wonder if I should remove this section from the newsletter in the future... Reply to this email and let me know if all these tools are valuable (or not).
- mattermost/focalboard – ocalboard is an open source, self-hosted alternative to Trello, Notion, and Asana.
- matryer/xbar – Put the output from any script or program into your macOS Menu Bar.
- microsoft/codetour – VS Code extension that allows you to record and playback guided tours of codebases, directly within the editor.
There's a lot of truth in this week's quote. @traf shared that enjoying what you do directly impacts your productivity.
The only productivity hack you need is enjoying what you do.
I have tickets for the Immergut Festival this year in May. While that's not gonna happen, one of my best friends shared this wonderful bouncy house track from Glenn Astro with me. Apparently, they were in the lineup. 🤷♂️
And that's a wrap for the twelfth Web Weekly! 🎉
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