Article Roundup for 04.03.2015

Using criticalCSS with Gulp.js

I have a site that is using Gulp.js as its task runner. I wanted to use criticalCSS on the site and because there isn’t a Gulp plugin quite¬†yet, I had to roll it myself. I’m going to try and tackle writing the plugin myself, but for the time being, here is a quick script to […]

Link: Know These Web Dev Building Blocks

I often think about the technologies I’ve learned over the past 8 years as a Front-End Developer¬†and wonder what it must be like for¬†someone coming into this field. I think the best answer is to take it one tool at a time.

This article is a great comprehensive list of what should be learned as a web developer.

Know These Web Dev Building Blocks

One part I had a little issue with was the section on Development Frameworks (i.e. Bootstrap). He isn’t wrong in saying that you should know how to use these, but I would add a caveat that these frameworks aren’t the silver bullet for every project. Just because you need, say a grid system, doesn’t mean you have to start with all of Bootstrap.

Overall, a great read!

Using criticalCSS in WordPress

I’ve been obsessed with optimizing websites for awhile, and one big hurdle to a faster website is “render-blocking” JavaScript and CSS. This came up as I was trying to get a high score on Google PageSpeed Insights. Google recommends you move these scripts and css files to the bottom of the DOM (just before the […]