RWD Weekly #461— the one about boilerplates & aspect ratios

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Hello again, welcome back to RWD Weekly #461, happy Friday!

A quick intro this week because I need to finish off a few articles for next week covering off

  1. Graphing with MongoDB
  2. Social Images with Cloudinary
  3. Getting started with Cypress end-to-end testing

For now though, let's get linking.


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CSS-Trickz: An Experiment with Netlify's On-Demand Builders

On demand builders is a new feature from Netlify that allows you to get the best out of cached "server-side" rendered pages but without having to prerender every single post. This is great for situations where you have thousands of archived posts that don't get many visitors but you still need to support. It is also good for something like ecommerce where the stock will change frequently but you don't want to rebuild the entire store each time.

Useful Front-End Boilerplates And Starter Kit

We don’t need to write everything from scratch every single time. With boilerplates and starter kits, we can set up our projects faster, and get to work immediately. Let's see the list that Cosima has prepared for us...

Core Web Vitals is coming

John covers off the move from Google to introduce Core Web Vitals as a ranking mechanism for Google Search results. This is also the start of the end for Google AMP as the new performance ranking will reward non-amp sites if they perform as well or better.



Let's Learn About Aspect Ratio In CSS

Having a consistent ratio between the width and height of images and other responsive elements is important. In CSS, we used the padding hack for many years, but now we have native aspect ratio support in CSS.

How to Create Neon Text With CSS

Using CSS, and in particular a LOT of text shadows, Silvia shows us how we can get the wonderful Neon sign look. I think the toughest is deciding which typeface is going to do the glowing edges enough justice.


Midweight Design Engineer

Clear Left are looking for a design engineer to join their team. You’ll get to tackle big, interesting challenges for diverse clients — including Natural History Museum, EngineeringUK, Queen Mary University, Carlsberg and Virgin Holidays to name a few. One of the best bits (I think) is that you get to work with Jeremy.

Senior Front-End Engineer

We are looking for a Senior Front-End Engineer to join the web team—the team behind the Unsplash website. Over the years, we’ve taken Unsplash from a humble Tumblr blog to a fully-fledged web app supporting tens of millions of users and tons of useful features. We’ve done all of that with a lean team of just 2/3 web developers, but there’s still so much more to learn and do, and that’s why we need you!

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Front-End Web Developer (Remote: $85k—$125k)

They will be responsible for maintaining codebases, developing re-usable component libraries, prototyping and deploying finalized projects to CI using React / Next.JS or equivalent.

Resources & Tools

Beginner JavaScript Notes

These notes are a free resource, based on Wes Bos's Beginner JavaScript Video course . They can be used as a stand alone guide, along with the videos or a quick reference for all the different parts of JavaScript like the different ways to declare a function.


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