Web Weekly #20
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Hello friends! Do you remember last week? I was so proud of sending this tiny newsletter to 1000 people for the first time. In the previous seven days, 200 more people signed up. 😲 I'm so grateful and excited to have you all read along! A big welcome to all the new subscribers!
Before we jump into web stuff, let me share with you what made me laugh this week. Check out this URL lengthener (yes, you read that right!): the idea, the URL, the wording... I love everything about this random project. 🙈
This week's Web Weekly includes:
- a free live-caption service
- automation with Puppeteer
- Node.js running natively in the browser
... and, as always, GitHub repositories, a new Tiny Helper and some music.
Ready? Steady. Go!
It looks like Google is considering bringing RSS support into Google Chrome. RSS is the perfect technology to stay up to date with new resources created by the people you like. You can discover things on your own time without relying on some algorithm tricking you into doing something.
Luca Hammer wrote a tool to export RSS feeds based on the people you follow on Twitter. Wonderful!
I am a white cis guy working in tech. I have a lot of privilege. I have privilege I don't even realize I have. Anjuan Simmons' explains how lending privilege to others leads to a fairer, better, and friendlier world. I recommend watching it.
I found out about
webcaptioner this week. The site creates captions right in your browser window and it's impressive! Unfortunately, it's also Chrome-only. :/ I still will give it a try for my future live online activities, though.
It's been a while since the Chrome folks started talking about their plans to deprecate the
user-agent header so that everybody forgot about it. But now there seems to be some movement! Rowan Merewood explains their motivation and the proposed solution – User-Agent client hints.
What's worrying is that according to chromestatus.com only Chromium browsers are open for that change. Let's see where this goes!
One for the bookmarks: A year ago, Addy Osmani published 20 Puppeteer (a Node.js library to control Headless Chrome) scripts for tasks such as Lighthouse report generation or filmstrip generation. This handy post helps you level up your automation game!
Since starting web development, I’m a big fan of Smashing Magazine! They publish countless resources, and I learned so many things thanks to Smashing! There are many Smashing Books on my bookshelf. 🙈
Smashing runs online workshops with Frontend experts such as Brad Frost on Design Systems, Stephanie Eckles covering Modern CSS and Vitaly Friedman (find all workshops online). The workshops are broken into 2.5h long live sessions, span across weeks, and you can directly ask all your questions.
And the best thing; they sent me a friendly link to share with you to save $50 on all workshops! Have fun!
Online editors leveled up big times over the last few years. I started with CodePen years ago, and I occasionally use CodeSandbox these days. But honestly, I still stick to my local machine for most of my development work. It just feels "better".
The online editor StackBlitz released a new feature called "WebContainers". WebContainers allow you to run Node.js in the browser using WebAssembly. 🤯 And if these containers hold StackBlitz' promise, we're about to enter a new era of fast online editors that even work offline.
I went down the deep rabbit hole of shell scripting this week – my mission: a new
dev command. The command should navigate me into a project directory, run
npm run dev, and open VS Code.
The tricky part: I wanted it to support auto-completion. It took a while, but I succeeded. 🙈
onClick. It took me ages to understand the event
capture phase. Alex Reardon builds
domevents; it's a fantastic resource to visualize and explain DOM events. Well done, Alex!
I still can't believe that we might be able to use container queries eventually. Miriam Suzanne wrote an insightful article that doesn't describe the functionality of new feature but takes a look at what it will take to start using container queries.
It's an excellent article on progressive enhancement, feature queries and approaches to evolve the web.
Amandeep Singh published an extensive list of web development newsletters that help you level up your coding skills. I'm honored that Web Weekly is listed next to these famous publications. 😊
Thank you, Amandeep! And thank you all for reading along. 💙
Vijay verma published
illlustrations. The site offers gorgeous illustrations to download for free.
Find more single-purpose online tools on tiny-helpers.dev
- JanVanRyswyck/awesome-talks – Awesome online talks and screencasts.
- BurntSushi/ripgrep –
ripgreprecursively searches directories for a regex pattern while respecting your gitignore
- schappim/macOCR – Get any text on your screen into your clipboard.
This week's quote from Jakob Cosoroabă is not completely serious but highlights the importance of good documentation. 🙈
6 hours of debugging can save you 5 minutes of reading documentation.
I discovered a new indie classic playlist on Spotify. It is so good! I was a massive "The Kooks" fan back in the days and "Sofa Song" was just what I needed this week.
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