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Progressive Web Apps: The Case for PWAs

2018-12-07T03:06:11+01:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Jason Grigsby’s Progressive Web Apps, from A Book Apart. Now that you know what a progressive web app is, you’re probably wondering if your organization would benefit from one. To determine if it makes sense for your organization, ask yourself [...]

var to JIT

2018-11-30T03:04:57+01:00November 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

In our previous article we described how the browser uses CSS to render beautiful pixels to the user’s screen. Although modern CSS can (and should!) be used to create highly interactive user experiences, for the last mile of interactivity, we need to dynamically update the HTML document. For that, we’re going to need JavaScript. Bundle [...]

Braces to Pixels

2018-11-16T03:04:52+01:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Doesn’t CSS seem like magic? Well, in this third installment of “URL to Interactive” we’ll look at the journey that your browser goes through to take your CSS from braces to pixels. As a bonus, we’ll also quickly touch on how end-user interaction affects this process. We have a lot of ground to cover, so [...]

Tags to DOM

2018-11-02T03:05:32+01:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

In our previous segment, “Server to Client,” we saw how a URL is requested from a server and learned all about the many conditions and caches that help optimize delivery of the associated resource. Once the browser engine finally gets the resource, it needs to start turning it into a rendered web page. In this [...]

From URL to Interactive

2018-10-26T03:05:33+01:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Imagine, if you will, that you’re behind the wheel of a gorgeous 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible, making your way across the desert on a wide open highway. The sun is setting, so you’ve got the top down, naturally. The breeze caresses your cheek like a warm hand as your nose catches a faint whiff [...]

Server to Client

2018-10-26T03:05:31+01:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Before anything can happen in a browser, it must first know where to go. There are multiple ways to get somewhere: entering a URL in the address bar, clicking (or tapping) on a link on a page or in another app, or clicking on a favorite. No matter the case, these all result in what’s [...]

Writing for Designers

2018-10-19T03:05:18+01:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from the Introduction of Scott Kubie’s Writing for Designers, from A Book Apart. Shit. The writing. We forgot about the writing. The thing, the design thing…it needs words! Oh man, so many words. I thought somebody…wasn’t the client going to…shit. We’ve got to get [...]

Designing for Cognitive Differences

2018-10-17T03:09:14+01:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Inclusive design is designing to be inclusive of as many users as possible, considering all aspects of diversity in users. With increased understanding, compassionate discussions around how to design for disabilities are becoming increasingly common in the web industry. But even with this growth, there are misconceptions: accessibility is still frequently thought of as “design [...]

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