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Web Development Reading List #149: CSS Dynamic Colors, Refactoring CSS, And CSP Hashing

Web Development Reading List #149: CSS Dynamic Colors, Refactoring CSS, And CSP Hashing

Even though we think everything happens in real-time nowadays, we need patience. While technology has been capable of real-time for long now, the “bottleneck” are human beings. Whether it’s a pull request that’s waiting for review since days or weeks or an email response, we need to keep in mind that delays might happen for a good reason.

Different people have different priorities, they might be focusing on something else at the moment, or they just take a break. Training patience is an important aspect of mental health, and, in the end, a well-thought-out, not instantly written feedback is better, too. Take your time and let others do the same.

To my readers in or near Germany: Some of you might be aware that I organize a small event, and this week I have one ticket to give away for the NightlyBuild conference 20161 in Cologne, Germany on September, 2nd. If you want to attend, just send me an email2, and I’ll raffle the ticket on Tuesday.

News Link

Privacy Link

  • While researching a bit on user tracking, I found out about header enrichment, a technique used by mobile network providers to set unique identifiers. But more interestingly, while it’s advised by the IETF to not expose any of these headers to public servers, many ISPs do it anyway and leak the private IP addresses of devices, the IMEI/IMSI or even the phone number, to any server. This research paper4 by the ICSI analyzed the worldwide spread and impact on users’ privacy.
  • Many of you might be aware that we can’t style :visited states and similar browser-history-based features in CSS very well. With CSS’ new mix-blend-mode-feature there seems to be a leak again that lets rogue sites inspect your browsing history. Michał Zalweski explains how it works5.
  • Netflix engineers now share insights into how they protect the viewing privacy6 of their users by adding TLS to their video streams, which at that scale is a pretty challenging and interesting problem.

JavaScript Link

CSS/Sass Link

An SVG mask on an SVG element13
Clipping and masking allows for interesting ways to show or hide pieces of your graphics. Abbey Fitzgerald explains how to do it with CSS and SVG14.

Work Life Link

  • Today I read an interesting statement about constant learning15 (see the blockquote below) with which I fundamentally disagree. So instead of following this advice, I want to encourage you to take a break from constant learning every few days. There are reasons why you should rest on a weekend and recover from learning new things during the week: By taking a break, you’ll eagerly await learning something new afterwards.
  • “In today’s highly competitive business environment, we all need to be in constant learning mode. No one can afford to take a vacation from developing new skills, especially as economic and political uncertainty threaten businesses and job stability and make future career prospects unclear.”

  • Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, has published an essay on why it’s important that employers support families16. It’s not just about saying this but about taking meaningful, real action to make employees feel comfortable, have a good life, and enjoy working for their employer.

Going Beyond… Link

  • The NASA started a new blog called “Science WOW!17” which shares educational articles on science each week. If you’re interested in learning how hurricanes form or about space exploration stuff, this might be for you.

And with that, I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation18 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here19. It’s available via email, RSS and online.

— Anselm

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://nightlybuild.io/
  2. 2 mailto:mail@wdrl.info
  3. 3 https://webkit.org/blog/6830/a-refined-content-security-policy/
  4. 4 https://www.icsi.berkeley.edu/pubs/networking/headerenrichment15.pdf
  5. 5 https://lcamtuf.blogspot.de/2016/08/css-mix-blend-mode-is-bad-for-keeping.html
  6. 6 http://techblog.netflix.com/2016/08/protecting-netflix-viewing-privacy-at.html
  7. 7 https://css-tricks.com/image-upload-manipulation-react/
  8. 8 http://qfox.nl/weblog/371
  9. 9 http://qfox.nl/weblog/361
  10. 10 https://cloudfour.com/thinks/building-themes-with-css4-color-features/
  11. 11 https://getflywheel.com/layout/css-svg-clipping-and-masking-techniques/
  12. 12 https://speakerdeck.com/csswizardry/refactoring-css-without-losing-your-mind
  13. 13 https://getflywheel.com/layout/css-svg-clipping-and-masking-techniques/
  14. 14 https://getflywheel.com/layout/css-svg-clipping-and-masking-techniques/
  15. 15 http://further.net/tricky-goals/
  16. 16 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-should-employers-care-families-rose-marcario
  17. 17 https://blogs.nasa.gov/educationsciencewow/
  18. 18 https://wdrl.info/donate
  19. 19 https://wdrl.info/costs/
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