Is mobile-first CSS always the best option? Patrick Clancey explores the pros and cons of the classic methodology, as well as when other solutions might work better.
Breaking Out of the Box
What can we do with just thirty pixels? With Progressive Web Apps blurring the lines between apps and websites, Patrick Brosset helps us think outside of the rectangular box. Learn how Windows Controls Overlay can free us from forty years of design constraints telling us how applications should look. Thirty pixels, it turns out, are full of exciting design opportunities.
Now THAT’S What I Call Service Worker!
The Future of Web Software Is HTML-over-WebSockets
The future of web app development is taking shape, and it’s changing the way we think about server-side app architecture. In this article, Matt E. Patterson shows why a new WebSockets-driven approach is catching developers’ attention, and how it can mean faster, easier development that results in an experience just as rich as client-side SPAs.
Request with Intent: Caching Strategies in the Age of PWAs
Caching media files, especially images, seems like an obvious way to improve performance, but should we? To provide a more performant UX without abusing users’s network connections or hard drives, Aaron Gustafson puts a spin on classic best practices, experiments with media caching strategies, and shares smart Cache API tricks.
Semantics to Screen Readers
As an extension to our From URL to Interactive series, designer and front-end developer Melanie Richards takes a deep dive into how our content is accessed by a wide array of screen readers, which are highly customizable to users. Understanding the nuances of accessibility APIs, thorough testing approaches, and the wealth of resources available, site creators can create the most widely accessible content for the most users possible.