Five Frontend Things Friday #3

Here are five things in the Frontend Engineering world, that I found interesting…

  1. Jumping in: Front-end development from the middle of the project - A must read. Drew Bell, an engineer from Postlight talks about what Front-end development really is, and why it’s nuanced from other engineering disciplines. Couldn’t agree more.

  2. What is the Future of Front End Web Development? - Chris Coyier on his CSS-Tricks takes a stab at what the future holds for us. I’d like to see more pieces like this from folks. Talking about the larger picture, thinking more deeply - and less about the new hotness.

  3. Progressive Web Apps The Right Way - Cody Arsenault from the KeyCDN blog writes, “Since progressive web apps were introduced by Google back in 2015, they have been setting new standards for user experiences. While we are awaiting broader browser support, all developers should start learning how to take advantage of this exciting new way of building apps.” Good intro to progressive web apps, and how to build them.

  4. Anecdotes about frontend and backend engineering - Malte Ubl, Tech Lead of the Google AMP project, describes a situation I’d found between the roles of ‘frontend’, ‘backend’, and ‘fullstack’ engineer. Starting up a new team, I remember how people get very attached to their titles, and technologies. In the end, we should all find places to be experts, to be kind, and communicate well.

  5. UI Component Playbook A 5-step guide to designing and engineering frontends with components - Dominic Nguyen, Product design at Chroma talks about how our frontends are getting more complicated. What should we do? Break the larger UI problems into smaller ones (components), and build them up (into a library) that’s reusable. Starting to see this as a trend towards standard practice.

Keep Rising,

Kevin B. Ridgway

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