Web Techniques Worth Learning

Erin Lewis

The web industry is ever changing. And as we discussed in Overwhelmed by Code with Susan Robertson at the start of this year, we all struggle to keep up with trends. How do you know if a new technique makes sense for your project? How do you prioritize what to learn when a framework or approach might be obsolete in a year? CTRL+CLICK CAST is here to help!

This recap features pragmatic discussions about techniques that are gaining traction and shaping the future of web development. From modular web design, to workflow automation tools, to CSS layouts and animations, these episodes will bring you up to speed on web trends worth learning.

  • Web Components
    Web components are a part of the shift towards modularity in web design. But as a new spec, many devs aren’t sure of when and where to use them. John Rogerson shares best use cases with comparisons to more familiar dev approaches in our most downloaded episode!
  • Flexbox
    Zoe Gillenwater discusses how flexbox differs from other CSS layout methods, with real-world examples. She also shares great resources that you’ll be excited to check out and use for experimenting on your own.
  • Intro to SVGs
    They are infinitely scalable! You can manipulate them with CSS and JS! Listen to Brenda Storer’s primer on SVGs, which ranges from basic definitions to optimization tips to her favorite resources for inspiration.
  • Build Automation Using Gulp
    Want better, faster production? Streamline your front-end workflow! Dan Tello shares how he uses build tools and task runners, like Gulp, to automate front-end development. We also discuss some of the challenges of workflow automation with tips for keeping those challenges manageable.
  • CSS Animations
    Web animations are no longer the exclusive realm of Flash, video or even JavaScript. Val Head offers a great overview of CSS animations, including a discussion on how animations should be used on the web: to support communication and to create smoother, more elegant online interactions.

Whether you are a designer or a dev, a freelancer or an agency owner, these episodes should be on your “must listen” list! And if you don’t have time to listen to a full show, we’ve got transcripts — right on the page or downloadable in PDF format! — and detailed show notes. Skim through to get all the info in less time.

Do you have any recommendations for resources or guests to share ideas about new web techniques worth learning? If so, contact us!

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