This article is intended for developers already familiar with CSS and how to use it, seeking a reintroduction to a few key concepts of CSS as well as being introduced to a few lesser-known aspects. This article was created with the goal of being used as a reference in mind.
With that being said, let’s get started.
CSS works by combining the content from an HTML document with its corresponding style information. To understand how CSS works under the hood, there must first be an explanation on what happens within the browser as both HTML and CSS are loaded.
“There is an important tradeoff between the computational power of a language and the ability to determine what a program in that language is doing.’ — W3C, Principle of Least Power”
There is an important association between complexity of functionality and readability that must considered by a programmer constantly. I seek to describe how the less complex or ‘powerful’ programming paradigms have improved both the design and the ability to read code over time.
In 1968, Edsger Dijkstra, acting as an advocate for easy to read, structured code, composed a letter in which he called for the complete abolition of…
I start each day with a cup of coffee.
The process is the same — I choose a mug, fill my Keurig machine with water, place a k-cup inside, and I hit the start button. I hit the start button having complete trust that I’ll have a steaming cup of joe in a few minutes, because that’s just what a Keurig machine does.
The thing is, I have no idea how my Keurig machine makes my cup of coffee. I have my speculations, of course, from working previously in a coffee shop with much larger brewers. I can speculate that…
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