CSS-Tricks Chronicle XXXIV

Hey gang, time for another broad update about various goings on as we tend to do occasionally. Some various happenings around here, appearances on other sites, upcoming conferences, and the like.

I’m speaking at a handful of conferences coming up!

At the end of this month, October 29th-30th, I’ll be speaking at JAMstack_conf. Ever since I went to a jQuery conference several million years ago (by my count), I’ve always had a special place in my heart for conferences with a tech-specific focus. Certainly this whole world of JAMstack and serverless can be pretty broad, but it’s more focused than a general web design conference.


In December, I’ll be at WordCamp US. I like getting to go to WordPress-specific events to help me stay current on that community. CSS-Tricks is, and always has been a WordPress site, as are many other sites I manage. I like to keep my WordPress development chops up the best I can. I imagine the Gutenburg talk will be hot and heavy! I’ll be speaking as well, generally about front-end development.


Next Spring, March 4th-6th, I’ll be in Seattle for An Event Apart !


Over on ShopTalk, Dave and I have kicked off a series of shows we’re calling “How to Think Like a Front-End Developer.”

I’ve been fascinated by this idea for a while and have been collecting thoughts on it. I have my own ideas, but I want to contrast them with the ideas of other front-end developers much more accomplished than myself! My goal is to turn all this into a talk that I can give toward the end of this year and next year. This is partially inspired by some posts we’ve published here over the years:

…as well other people’s work, of course, like Brad Frost and Dan Mall’s Designer/Developer Workflow, and Lara Schenck and Mandy Michael’s thoughts on front-end development. Not to mention seismic shifts in the front-end development landscape through New JavaScript and Serverless.

I’ve been collecting these articles the best I can.

The ShopTalk series is happening now! A number of episodes are already published:


Speaking of ShopTalk, a while back Dave and I mused about wanting to redesign the ShopTalk Show website. We did all this work on the back end making sure all the data from our 350+ episodes is super clean and easy to work when, then I slapped a design on top of it that is honestly pretty bad.

Dan Mall heard us talk about it and reached out to us to see if he could help. Not to do the work himself… that would be amazing, but Dan had an even better idea. Instead, we would all work together to find a newcomer to design and have them work under Dan’s direction and guidence to design the site. Here’s Dan’s intro post (and note that applications are now closed).

We’re currently in the process of narrowing down the applicants and interviewing finalists. We’re planning on being very public about the process, so not only will we hopefully be helping someone who could use a bit of a break into this industry, but we’ll also help anyone else who cares to watch it happen.


I’ve recently had the pleasure of being a guest on other shows.

First up, I was on the Script & Style Show with David Walsh and Todd Gardner

I love that David has ressurected the name Script & Style. We did a site together quite a few years back with that same name!


I have a very short interview on Makerviews:

What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?

I’d say that you’re lucky. The most interesting people I know that seem to lead the most fulfilling, long, and interesting lives are those people who do interesting things, make interesting things, and generally just engage with life at a level deeper than just skating by or watching.


And my (third?) appearance on Thundernerds:


If you happen to live in Central Oregon, note that our BendJS meetups have kicked back up for the season. We’ve been having them right at our CodePen office and it’s been super fun.


I haven’t even gotten to CodePen stuff yet! Since my last chronicle, we’ve brought in a number of new employees, like Klare Frank, Cassidy Williams, and now Stephen Shaw. We’re always chugging away at polishing and maintaining CodePen, building new features, encouraging community, and everything else that running a social coding site requires.

Oh and hey! CodePen is now a registered trademark, so I can do this: CodePenĀ®. One of our latest user-facing features is pinned items. Rest assured, we have loads of other features that are in development for y’all that are coming soon.

If you’re interested in the technology side of CodePen, we’ve dug into lots of topics lately on CodePen radio like:

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CSS-Tricks Chronicle XXXIII

It’s been many months since our last CSS-Tricks Chronicle. As a reminder, these are just little roundups of news of a slightly more personal nature and that of the site itself and surrounding projects.

Last update, I wasn’t even a dad yet! That’s changed 😍. My daughter is going in for her four-month checkup today!


I’m also working out of a brand new office here in Bend, Oregon. We split the space with CraftCMS. It’s the first time I’ve had an office that I have real (part) ownership over. We’ve built out a kitchen area in it and are decorating it and fleshing it out to be useful and fun for all of us.

One particularly cool thing, we splurged on a VocalBooth. It’s got the whole medium-fancy podcasting setup in there, so it’s pretty darn good sound quality for the podcasting we do. Plus it’s a nice place to take a call or meeting as well.


I made a round of updates to my microsite The Power of Serverless for Front-End Developers. My goal with that site is to explain the idea to the best of my ability and how it can be a useful thing to know about particular for front-end developers to do more with the skills they already have. Once you’re sold on that, it’s still a huge world to wrap your head around. One of the issues is understanding how many different services are out there and what roles they are trying to play. So the Services section is decently fleshed out and organized to help with that.

Over on CodePen Radio, I got to chat about all this with Marie Mosley. That’s the first time I’ve really talked about it, so it kinda resulted in a big ol’ thought dump.


I’ve had so many thoughts about this “serverless” stuff, I figured I’d formulate them into a proper conference talk. I’m not doing too many of those this year, but I’ll definitely be at An Event Apart Seattle (April 2-4), and Front-End Design Conference (April 25-27). Come!


I got to speak with Jonathan Denwood and John Locke on the WP-Tonic Podcast.


Tons going on at CodePen, of course. We’re always podcasting all about that, so if you’re particularly interested in behind-the-scenes CodePen, CodePen Radio is your friend. As I imagine any business, we’re always hard at work on a mix of projects. Some largely internal, like rearchitechting our email system, and some directly for our users, like rewriting our realtime systems to make features like Collab Mode way better.

As the year flipped over, of course we rounded up the Most Hearted list, so if you missed that, check it out.


ShopTalk just had a major milestone! Our 300th episode! Dave and I take the opportunity to talk about then and now. We’ve had loads of fun and educational episodes this year though, so if you just pick and choose episodes to listen to, I bet you’ll find one worth a crack.

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