“Learn Alpine.js“ Free Video Course

Over at Codecourse you can follow a free video course covering the aforementioned Alpine.js. Alpine.js is a refreshingly minimal JavaScript framework that gives you the reactive nature of Vue and React, but with much more simplicity. This course will get you up to speed on how to use it, with plenty of practical examples along …

CSS Circle Focus Effect

Very rad demo by Adam Argyle, which gives you a Spotlight / Focus effect upon pressing the Option/Alt key. Also works on Mobile. (Focus the CodePen embed first) See the Pen Radial focus effect with mask-image by Adam Argyle (@argyleink) on CodePen. It basically is a fixed grey overlay with a mask-image on top that …

perfect-freehand — Draw perfect pressure-sensitive freehand lines

What a wonderful package by Steve Ruiz: Draw perfect pressure-sensitive freehand lines The results are stunning imo. In the recording above you can see me write hello using the trackpad on my Mac. Yep, that’s without a stylus! Embedded below you can find a Vanilla JS demo, inspired upon the code from the React code …

CSS Grid: Overlapping grid-template-areas

When working with CSS Grid, I’m a huge fan of using Grid Template Areas. In this short video Kevin Powell builds a small layout where certain elements overlap inside a grid container. I was very glad to see Kevin also go for grid-template-areas here, showing exactly why I like using them: the ability to reshuffle …

Grainy Gradients

By layering a noisy SVG background and a gradient on top of each other, in combination with a filter that increases the contrast, Jimmy Chion creates these wonderful “Grainy Gradients”. See the Pen Grainy Gradient, step 3 by Jimmy Chion (@cjimmy) on CodePen. Over at CSS-Tricks he lays out the details: In this article, we’ll …

A Deep Dive Into The Wonderful World Of SVG Displacement Filtering

Over at Smashing Magazine, Dirk Weber digs into Displacement Filtering with the SVG feDisplacementMap-filter: A displacement operation can visually distort any graphic it is applied to. You can create warp effects, twirls or ripples like you would do with a Photoshop distortion filter. The post goes into a lot of detail and contains lots of …

Cloud Function to generate SVG Sparklines

Zach Leat recently created a cloud function that dynamically generates sparklines. Under the hood sits the the sparkline-svg package to generate the SVG. The datapoints themselves can be passed in via the URL. Image URLs have the formats: /[height]x[width]/[values]/ /[height]x[width]/[values]/[color]/ The code is meant to be deployed as a Netlify Serverless Function. Every Fire needs …

Support Import Maps in any browser with es-module-shims

JavaScript Import Maps – which I wrote about earlier here — are a great addition to the web. Unfortunately they’re only supported in Chromium 89+. Thankfully there’s a polyfill available: es-module-shims. As long as your browser has baseline ES Module Support (Chrome 61+, Firefox 60+, Safari 10.1+, and Edge 17+) the polyfill will work. To …