Spacing grid/flexbox items in CSS with the gap property

The gap property for Flexbox about to land in Chromium 85. It allows you to define the size of the gutters between Grid/Flexbox children. CSS Grid brought a delightful spacing feature called grid-gap, which quickly became a popular way to put space into layouts. It was easy to fall in love with because it took […]

ESNext: Logical Assignment Operators (||=, ??=, &&=)

Update 2020.07.21: This proposal made it into Stage-4 and will officially be part of ES2021 🥳 A new ECMAScript Proposal that I’m looking forward to is Logical Assignment Operators. In short it combines Logical Operators (||, &&, and ??) with Assignment Expressions (=). // "Or Or Equals" (or, the Mallet operator) a ||= b; // […]

CSS Grid Layout Module Level 2: Masonry Layout

A long requested CSS feature is to be able to create a “Masonry Layout” using pure CSS. Today we can already create a Masonry-like layout using grid-auto-flow: dense;, but unfortunately that’s not the real deal. 🤔 Masonry Layout? Masonry is a grid layout based on columns, as popularized by Pinterest. Unlike other grid layouts, it […]

The Quest for the Perfect Dark Mode Toggle, using Vanilla JavaScript

In The Quest for the Perfect Dark Mode, Joshua W Comeau extensively explains how he has implemented the Dark Mode Toggle on his Gatsby-powered website. It follows the system’s light/dark mode preference, but also allows for an override which he persists in localStorage. The flow to decide if Dark Mode should be used or not […]

Chrome vs. BlinkMacSystemFont: A Workaround

UPDATE 2020-04-28: Good news everyone! A workaround for this bug has landed in Canary (Chromium 84) and will be merged into the M83 release! The workaround described here still applies for Chromium 81. The problem As detailed before there’s this bug that shipped with Chromium 81 which somehow prevents the font-weight CSS property from being […]

Automatically Fix Bluetooth Audio Balance Drift in macOS with “Balance Lock”

It’s been over 10 years that I’ve been using macOS (then OS X) and every now and then I notice that the audio balance of my Bluetooth headset is off for no apparent reason. Hmm, why is the balance for my headphone suddenly off? Back in 2014 I was lucky enough to see this tweet […]

Installing old OS X versions: fixing “OS X could not be installed on your computer”

Here in Belgium schools are locked down due to #coronavirus. With the school of my two oldest kids now switching to remote teaching, I took the time to set up my old MacBook Pro (model late 2008) for my two oldest kids to use. That didn’t go without any hiccups though: the OS X installer […]

PHP Performance Tip: Use fully-qualified function calls when working with namespaces

TIL: When working with namespaced files in PHP it’s a huge performance win when using fully-qualified function calls. ~ If you’re calling is_null in your code, PHP will first check for the function’s existence in the current namespace. If not found there, it will look for the function in the global namespace. This extra check […]