Frontend Briefly - News and insights from the world of frontend #6
A regular summary of the most important news, articles or tweets in the world of the front end is here! For the month of May, we have prepared the top 8 news that no frontend developer should miss. In addition, you will find links to other interesting articles that are worth reading.
1. Google I/O 2022
The Google I/O 2022 conference was full of quality lectures from web technology experts. I was most interested in the lecture What's new for the web platform, where there is a very well-summarized overview of web news. However, it is definitely worth looking at the other lectures. All are available on YouTube. You will definitely find a topic that interests you.
2. State of CSS 2022
The year 2022 brought a lot of news to the CSS. I have clearly seen the best overview of the news in the article State of CSS 2022. The aim of this article was not to go into depth, but rather to present news that has come recently or has yet to come to CSS. This article was created from a lecture on Google I/O, and the recording is available on YouTube.
3. When to use pixels and when em/rem ?
If you are also looking for an answer to the question of when to use pixels and when em or rem, then be sure to read the article by Joshua Comeau: The Surprising Truth About Pixels and Accessibility, where you will finally find the answer. I have read several articles that we should replace pixels with ems / rems. However, it is more complicated and the pixels still have their place here. We also addressed this in a typography article by our design team.
4. Reactathon 2022
You can find the recording of the Reactathon 2022 conference on YouTube, where lectures are gradually being added. The conference was full of interesting lectures from experienced web developers. I was especially interested in lectures on serverless and news in React 18. A complete live stream is also available:
5. Less known but useful CSS features
I also recommend you look at the article Lesser-Known And Underused CSS Features In 2022 about lesser known CSS features that deserve more attention. I've found some useful features that I didn't know before, but I'll be sure to use them soon.
6. State of frontend 2022
See the results of the survey on the state of the front end for the year 2022. In addition to the current state, you will also find trends that the world of the front end will take in the coming years. You will learn which technologies developers like to use, but also those they do not like. The survey was completed by 3703 developers from more than 125 countries.
7. RFC for Next.js
On the Next.js blog, you will find the newly introduced RFC for the largest update to the Next.js framework since its release. The news that this update will bring are, for example:
- Nested Layouts
- Upgraded Data Fetching
- Support for React Server Components
- Support for new features in React 18 for example: Streaming, Transitions, Suspense
You can find a more detailed overview of all the news in the article.
8. News in web browsers
For an overview of the features that got into the stable and beta versions of web browsers during May 2022, see the article: New to the web platform in May. If you use Google Chrome for development, see also the article on news in Chrome DevTools.
More articles worth reading
- You Don’t Need A UI Framework – Frontend developers prefer to use UI frameworks in the belief that it will save them time and work, but this is not always the case.
- Deep Dive into Text Wrapping and Word Breaking – An article where you will learn several ways to control text wrapping on the web.
- First Look At The CSS object-view-box Property – Introducing a new CSS object-view-box property that allows you to crop images or video.
- Using Workflows and Commands.dev to Remember Commands We Often Forget – If you're tired of constantly googling regular terminal commands, take a look at this tool.
Several articles on accessibility
- What is accessibility and how to do accessible web - As part of raising awareness about accessibility, we have also prepared an article where you will find a detailed introduction to accessibility.
- Common accessibility issues that you can fix today - Continuation of a successful article on simple tips on how to fix accessibility on the web.
- WCAG 2.2. and WCAG 3 Status Updates - You can find out in this article when we can expect a new version of the WCAG specification and something from the process of development.
- ARIA Authoring Practices Guide - An updated version of the guideline directly from the W3C, where you will find simple and clear explanations on how to implement WAI-ARIA on the web.
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