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A Deep Dive Into object-fit And background-size In CSS
Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:00:00 GMT
In this article, we will go through how `object-fit` and `background-size` work, when we can use them, and why, along with some practical use cases and recommendations. Let’s dive in.
An Introduction To Quasar Framework: Building Cross-Platform Applications
Sat, 23 Oct 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Quasar is an open-source Vue.js-based cross-platform framework that allows you, as a developer, to easily build apps for both desktop and mobile using technologies such as Cordova and Electron and writing your code once. The app we’ll build will store and get its data from Firebase, meaning that we will also be seeing how to use Firebase in Quasar.
How To Build A Real-Time Multi-User Game From Scratch
Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:30:00 GMT
This article highlights the process, technical decisions and lessons learned behind building the real-time game Autowuzzler. Learn how to share game state across multiple clients in real-time with Colyseus, do physics calculations with Matter.js, store data in Supabase.io and build the front-end with SvelteKit.
Respecting Users’ Motion Preferences
Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:30:00 GMT
The `prefers-reduced-motion` media query has excellent support in all modern browsers going back a couple of years. In this article, Michelle Barker explains why there’s no reason not to use it today to make your sites more accessible.
Building The SSG I’ve Always Wanted: An 11ty, Vite And JAM Sandwich
Wed, 20 Oct 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Back in January 2020, Ben Holmes set out to do what just about every web developer does each year: rebuild his personal site. In this article, he shares his story of how he set out to build his own build pipeline from absolute ground zero and created “Slinkity”.
Building An API With Gatsby Functions
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:00:00 GMT
In this tutorial, Paul Scanlon explains how to build an API by using Gatsby Functions and what you need to keep in mind when deploying it to Gatsby Cloud.
Smashing Podcast Episode 42 With Jeff Smith: What Is DevOps?
Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:00:00 GMT
In this episode, we’re talking about DevOps. What is it, and is it a string to add to your web development bow? Drew McLellan talks to expert Jeff Smith to find out.
Solving CLS Issues In A Next.js-Powered E-Commerce Website (Case Study)
Mon, 18 Oct 2021 14:00:00 GMT
Cumulative Layout Shift is one of the hardest core web vital to debug. In this article, we go through different tools to investigate CLS, when to use them(and when not), and solutions to some of the CLS issues we faced in our Next.js-based e-commerce website.
A Simple But Effective Mental Health Routine For Programmers
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 10:00:00 GMT
In this article, we’ll look at why taking care of our work-life balance is important, how to develop a simple and effective mental health routine, and the most common and efficient techniques you can use to make your custom routine.
Tips And Tricks For Evaluating UX/UI Designers
Fri, 15 Oct 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Customers may start using your app because you offer a unique product, but user experience is what makes them stay. For that, you need excellent UX designers, and the know-how to spot them when hiring.
Smart CSS Solutions For Common UI Challenges
Thu, 14 Oct 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Writing CSS has probably never been more fun and exciting than it is today. In this post we’ll take a look at common problems and use cases we all have to face in our work and how to solve them with modern CSS. If you’re interested, we’ve also just recently covered [CSS auditing tools](https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2021/03/css-auditing-tools/), [CSS generators](https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2021/03/css-generators/), [front-end boilerplates](https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2021/06/useful-frontend-boilerplates-starter-kits/) and [VS code extensions](https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2021/05/useful-vs-code-extensions-web-developers/) — you might find them useful, too.
Upcoming Live Workshops On Front-End & UX (Oct 2021–Jan 2022)
Wed, 13 Oct 2021 11:00:00 GMT
Do you like a good interface design challenge? What about accessibility testing and design systems? Or maybe Next.js and advanced CSS? With our new online workshops on front-end & design, we cover all of it. Ah, and [here's what our workshops are like](https://vimeo.com/616485526).
Useful React APIs For Building Flexible Components With TypeScript
Tue, 12 Oct 2021 12:00:00 GMT
React with JSX is a fantastic tool for making easy-to-use components. Typescript components make it an absolute pleasure for developers to integrate your components into their apps and explore your APIs. Learn about three lesser-known React APIs that can take your components to the next level, and help you build even better React Components in this article.
Bridging The Gap Between Designers And Developers
Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:30:00 GMT
UXPin has recently launched a new feature called “Merge”. This tool aims to break through the chasms of design and development, all while improving the agility and quality our teams expect. This new technology may cause some rethink on how the whole design team and engineering team collaborates.
The Autofill Dark Pattern
Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:00:00 GMT
A “dark pattern” is a deceptive UX pattern that tricks users into doing things they may not really want to do. In this article, Alvaro Montoro does a little experiment to find out how much privacy is taken away from users across three different browsers.
Composable CSS Animation In Vue With AnimXYZ
Sat, 09 Oct 2021 10:00:00 GMT
Most animation libraries like GSAP and Framer Motion are built purely with JavaScript or TypeScript, unlike AnimXYZ, which is labelled “the first composable CSS animation toolkit”, built mainly with SCSS While a simple library, it can be used to achieve a lot of awesome animation on the web in a short amount of time and little code.
Building A Static-First MadLib Generator With Portable Text And Netlify On-Demand Builder Functions
Fri, 08 Oct 2021 10:00:00 GMT
In this article, we’ll be building an interactive fiction experience in which a user can insert words that match parts of speech given by the content creator. Let’s go!
Freebie: COVID-19 Icon Set (56 Icons, AI, EPS, SVG, PNG)
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Every once in a while, we publish [freebies](https://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/freebies/) related to different occasions and themes. We hope that with this icon set, every designer will be able to find their own use case and contribute to saving lives. Free for personal and commercial use.
A Guide To CSS Debugging
Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:00:00 GMT
Debugging in CSS means figuring out what might be the problem when you have unexpected layout results. We’ll look at a few categories bugs often fit into, see how we can evaluate the situation, and explore techniques that help prevent these bugs.
Local Testing A Serverless API (API Gateway And Lambda)
Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:00:00 GMT
Have you ever struggled with testing cloud services locally? Specifically, have you ever struggled with locally testing an API that uses API Gateway and Lambda, with the Serverless framework, on AWS? In this article, Tom Hudson shares a quick overview of how easy it is to quickly set up your project to test locally before deploying to AWS.

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