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Web Development Reading List #160: Real Stories About HTTP/2, Cascading Style Sheets, And Code Of Shame

Web Development Reading List #160: Real Stories About HTTP/2, Cascading Style Sheets, And Code Of Shame

We have great new technology available to enhance our websites. But while theoretical articles explain well what the technologies do, we often struggle to find real use cases or details on how things worked out in actual projects.

This week I stumbled across a couple of great posts that share exactly these precious real-life insights: stories about HTTP/2 implementation, experiences from using the Cascade of CSS in large-scale projects, and insights into employing Service Worker and BackgroundSync to build solid forms.

News Link

Coming soon to Firefox: a feature that will warn users when they type a password into an insecure (HTTP) page or form.5
Coming soon to Firefox: a feature that will warn users when they type a password into an insecure (HTTP) page or form. (Image credit: Ryan Feeley6)

Web Performance Link

Accessibility Link

JavaScript Link

  • Michael Scharnagl explains how you can enhance a basic form9 (i.e. a login or comment form) with custom validation, AJAX requests, auto-expansion of a textarea, and, finally, Service Worker and BackgroundSync to store input when a connection is unstable.

CSS/Sass Link

Work Life Link

For a lot of designers and developers Silicon Valley seems to be the promised land. Justin White shares how he left behind his Silicon Valley dream to find a saner place to work.14
For a lot of designers and developers Silicon Valley seems to be the promised land. Justin White shares how he left behind his Silicon Valley dream15 to find a saner place to work.

Going Beyond… Link

  • Bill Sourour’s article “The Code I’m Still Ashamed Of16” points out an important aspect of our jobs as developers: responsibility. An incredibly important story.

And with that, I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation17 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here18. It’s available via email, RSS and online.

— Anselm

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=418833
  2. 2 https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1283385
  3. 3 https://about.gitlab.com/2016/11/22/gitlab-8-14-released/
  4. 4 https://mobile.twitter.com/ryanfeeley/status/801539237682302987
  5. 5 https://mobile.twitter.com/ryanfeeley/status/801539237682302987
  6. 6 https://mobile.twitter.com/ryanfeeley/status/801539237682302987
  7. 7 http://www.slideshare.net/kazuho/reorganizing-website-architecture-for-http2-and-beyond
  8. 8 http://csskarma.com/blog/difference-rolepresentation-aria-hiddentrue/
  9. 9 https://justmarkup.com/log/2016/10/enhancing-a-comment-form/
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/11/css-inheritance-cascade-global-scope-new-old-worst-best-friends/
  11. 11 https://m.signalvnoise.com/how-i-left-behind-my-silicon-dream-for-a-saner-place-to-work-3c58c9bc24ab?token=s6h9qOA5om9p_dG7
  12. 12 https://m.signalvnoise.com/microsoft-reboots-war-on-sleep-a90da0396fb5#.9n97f0gam
  13. 13 http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-best-black-friday-deal-repairing-a-gadget-you-already-own
  14. 14 https://m.signalvnoise.com/how-i-left-behind-my-silicon-dream-for-a-saner-place-to-work-3c58c9bc24ab?token=s6h9qOA5om9p_dG7#.k5z3axtkf
  15. 15 https://m.signalvnoise.com/how-i-left-behind-my-silicon-dream-for-a-saner-place-to-work-3c58c9bc24ab?token=s6h9qOA5om9p_dG7#.k5z3axtkf
  16. 16 https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-code-im-still-ashamed-of-e4c021dff55e
  17. 17 https://wdrl.info/donate
  18. 18 https://wdrl.info/costs/

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