Add those extra little touches, and propel a site from working to wow.

Screenshot of the author’s own mobile-responsive site at https://paigeniedringhaus.com.

Lately, It Seems Like CSS is Having a Moment, and I’m Digging It

I’m not sure if it’s just me noticing CSS more since I’ve been in the process of redesigning and launching my personal website, or if the rest of the Internet’s excited again about CSS and its powers thanks to folks like Josh W. Comeau releasing courses like CSS for JavaScript Developers, but whatever the reason it feels like CSS is really shining bright and it’s great.


One Solution When the Primary Code Can be Open Source, but Specific Content Needs to be Private

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The Dev Community’s Willingness to Share Almost Anything is One of the Many Reasons I ❤️ Being a Web Developer

From the first day I started learning to code at my bootcamp, I learned how open, how helpful and how freely info is shared within the web development community. It’s awesome and inspiring (and at times a little overwhelming). So. Much. Information!


The One Time Errors Should Happen in your Code

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There’s only one situation developers want errors to happen, and that’s in specific tests

My development team at work jokes that bugs “are just features users don’t know they want yet”. 🤪


Bringing Together the Best of the CSS min() and CSS max() Functions

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Today is such a wonderful time to write CSS

You know that moment when you’re coding something and think to yourself: “I wish this [text, image, box, insert element of your choice here] would grow or shrink depending on the viewport size… but only up to a certain point”?


Automatically intercept all the requests and responses so you don’t have to remember to do it yourself.

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As the Internet gets more mature and sophisticated, gathering the data to do those complex things gets more complicated too.

Think about it: at the advent of the Internet you could send and receive email, search by keywords for information and visit a few, extremely basic websites. Today, you can: order a car and have it pick you up at your exact location within minutes, make purchases with a credit card number stored on your phone, search for extremely specific questions via voice and get thousands of useful, relevant answers. It’s amazing what’s at our fingertips now with very little effort on our part.


Because animations and gradients in CSS are delightful.

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I love when websites go the extra mile…

As a web developer myself, I always appreciate when websites go above and beyond being purely functional, and add a touch of fun and magic. A parallax background, a cool animation or page transition, or some other cute Easter egg I wasn’t expecting to find — you know it when you see it. It’s the kind of thing that makes you smile and think: “Cool!”.


Why leave the IDE to test new endpoints? Now you don’t have to.

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Web Developers fetch a lot of data

If you’ve been doing web development for any length of time, you’re probably aware that a lot of our job revolves around data: reading data, writing data, manipulating data and displaying it in the browser in a way that makes sense.


They’ve come a long way since the days of Promise.resolve() and Promise.reject().

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Promises, Promises.

JavaScript’s been slowly but steadily improving as a programming language ever since its inception back in 1995, and lately it seems as though those improvements are coming at a quicker and quicker pace. One of the biggest advancements (in my opinion, at least) was with the introduction of promises for asynchronous operations back in 2012.


Don’t let unreliable test data keep your new features from making it to production

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Introduction

If your web development team is anything like mine, you’ll understand the value and importance of tests to support and continue to verify your application’s functionality (even if you’re not a huge fan of writing tests, which sometimes, I’m not).


Queries are no longer relegated to just page level components

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Introduction

I’m in the process of building myself a new personal website: a site where people can learn more about me, find all the articles I’ve written over time about web development and get in touch if they want to say hi. 👋

Paige Niedringhaus

Senior Software Engineer, previously a digital marketer. Frontend dev is my focus, but always up for learning new things. Say hi: https://paigeniedringhaus.com

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