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What I've been reading (week 45, 2022)

Each week I share a few things that I've been reading. Here's six from this week:

Inside the mind of a frontend developer: Hero section

This is a nice article for people in early/mid frontend careers, or perhaps non-frontend specialists, explaining the thought and design process behind coding a resilient Hero component with CSS.

Server-side rendering micro-frontends – the architecture [on AWS]

It's good to see more microfrontends articles talking about doing the stitching-the-page together work on the server (or edge), rather than earlier articles which relied on things like iframes (!) or lots of client-side requests to fetch data (and therefore lots of loading spinners and layout shift)

The new wave of Javascript web frameworks

This is a very good (but not a quick read) overview of where frontend is at with frameworks and meta-frameworks, how we got there, how Facebook pays away the pain of React's limitations, and what the future of edge/resumability vs hydration/hybrid MPA-to-SPA might look like.

New Ways of Working Playbook

I'm bookmarking this as more of an aspirational one, rather than something I've fully read right now. But it looks like it could be really useful/interesting, and in line with much of what we try to do at @CoopDigital.

Buid a CSS Theme Switcher With No Flash of the Wrong Theme


The anatomy of visually-hidden

A deconstruction of the visually-hidden or (poorly named) sr-only CSS classes that we've all used so many times without taking the time to pick apart line-by-line.

I also tweet these as I find them (@philw_) and post them on my personal site at

What were your favourites? Was there anything you found useful?

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