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Using feature detection to write CSS with cross-browser support

In early 2017, I presented a couple of workshops on the topic of CSS feature detection, titled CSS Feature Detection in 2017. A friend of mine, Justin Slack from New Media Labs, recently sent me a link to the phenomenal Feature Query Manager extension (available for both Chrome and Firefox), by Nigerian developer Ire Aderinokun. This seemed to be a perfect addition to my workshop material on the subject. However, upon returning to the material, I realized how much my work on the subject has aged in the last 18 months. The CSS landscape has undergone some tectonic shifts:...

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Using data in React with the Fetch API and axios

If you are new to React, and perhaps have only played with building to-do and counter apps, you may not yet have run across a need to pull in data for your app. There will likely come a time when you’ll need to do this, as React apps are most well suited for situations where you’re handling both data and state. The first set of data you may need to handle might be hard-coded into your React application, like we did for this demo from our Error Boundary tutorial: See the Pen error boundary 0 by Kingsley Silas Chijioke...

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An Almost Ideal React Image Component

Yes, this is a React component, but regardless if you care about that part or not, the “ideal image component” part could be of interest. There is a lot to consider with how we put images on web pages these days. This deals with: Placeholder space (and then flexible responsive styles after loading) Low-quality placeholder images Responsive images syntax (srcset) Image formats (e.g. using WebP when you can) Click-to-load on bad network connections Better UX for loading errors, with translatable copy That’s not even all of it. So much to think about with poor little . I enjoyed Alejandro Sanchez’s response: The readme file for this component is amazing to teach you how to think like a front-end developer. — Alejandro Sanchez (@alesanchezr) June 12, 2018 Direct Link to Article — Permalink The post An Almost Ideal React Image Component appeared first on CSS-Tricks....

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A Quick Roundup of Recent React Chatter

Like many, many others, I’m in the pool of leveling up my JavaScript skills and learning how to put React to use. That’s why Brad Frost resonated with me when he posted My Struggle to Learn React.” As Brad does, he clearly outlines his struggles point-by-point: I have invested enough time learning it React and ES6 travel together Syntax and conventions Getting lost in this-land I haven’t found sample projects or tutorials that match how i tend to work I’m less competent at JS than HTML and CSS It seems that Brad’s struggles resonated with others as well, inspiring empathy and help from the community. For example, Kevin Ball touches on the second and third frustrations by supplying a distinction between React and ES6 and examples of the syntax and conventions of each: For each feature, I show a couple examples of what it might look like, identify where it is coming from, give you a quick overview of what is called and what it does, and link off to some resources that can help you learn about it. Super awesome! Shortly following Brad’s post was this tweet from Sara Soueidan: I’m just gonna throw this bomb here: React is the new jQuery There you go. — Sara Soueidan (@SaraSoueidan) May 24, 2018 You know that lit up the Twitterverse. Yes, it’s provocative, but the sentiment is pretty clean...

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Managing State in React With Unstated

As your application becomes more complex, the management of state can become tedious. A component’s state is meant to be self-contained, which makes sharing state across multiple components a headache. Redux is usually the go-to library to manage state in React, however, depending on how complex your application is, you might not need Redux. Unstated is an alternative that provides you with the functionality to manage state across multiple components with a Container class and Provider and Subscribe components. Let’s see Unstated in action by creating a simple counter and then look at a more advanced to-do application. Using Unstated to Create a Counter The code for the counter we’re making is available on GitHub: View Repo You can add Unstated to your application with Yarn: yarn add unstated Container The container extends Unstated’s Container class. It is to be used only for state management. This is where the initial state will be initialized and the call to setState() will happen. import { Container } from 'unstated' class CounterContainer extends Container { state = { count: 0 } increment = () => { this.setState({ count: this.state.count + 1 }) } decrement = () => { this.setState({ count: this.state.count - 1 }) } } export default CounterContainer So far, we’ve defined the Container (CounterContainer), set its starting state for count at the number zero and defined methods for adding and...

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