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Antiracism Links Research

Race Critical Code Studies reading list from Ruha Benjamin

A reading list on critical race theory and technology that professor Ruha Benjamin recommended in an author talk. This post is a large collection of links and specific quote from the talk.

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Ideas Research

Idea: Desugared Design Systems

I learned about the concept of desugaring from a lecture on programming languages, and I wonder how that would apply to design systems.

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Research Thoughts Web Development

Twitter thread as blog post: Thoughts on how we write CSS

(Warning: thought-leadery post)

Problems with CSS are not a result of flaws in CSS. The problem is how we write CSS.

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Does the "continuous" in Continuous Integration come from continuous mathematics?

A quick post about realizing an intersection between my existing knowledge and something new I am learning. Well, maybe they are both new things.

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Twitter thread as blog post about "We Are Programmers"

I had a lot of impassioned thoughts while on a run today and decided to bang out this Twitter-thread-blog-post instead of letting them die a slow, silent death, alone in my brain, as they often do.

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Researching DSL stuff, ended up on context-free grammar

Hastily written post with the results of some free-form Saturday language research.

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Greatest Hits Research Web Development

Is CSS Turing Complete?

I took a deep dive into this question, and the answer is: kinda, mostly, yeah! CSS + HTML + user input is Turing complete. Is it possible to remove the user input part? Then I can re-title this post to be more, ahem, declarative.

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Greatest Hits Research Web Development

CSS is a Declarative, Domain-Specific Programming Language

Over the past year, I’ve been giving a talk called The Algorithms of CSS, originally created for CSSConf EU. This post covers the first part of my presentation, and breaks down how CSS fits into the categories of programming languages.

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Links Research Web Development

Resources about Front-end Architecture and Design Systems, etc.

I’ve been researching design systems lately, and this is an evolving list of the resources I’ve found particularly resonant for my purposes. Have anything to add?

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Research Web Development

Browser Mechanics In My Own Words, Part 2: The Browser is An Interpreter

The code we humans write cannot be read by computers – it must be translated into machine code. Compilers and interpreters do that, and the browser is an interpreter!

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Research Web Development

Browser Mechanics In My Own Words, Part 1: Decode Bytes to Unicode Code Points

This is the first in a potentially long series about browser mechanics, in my own words. Read on to learn about one of the first steps a browser takes: decoding bytes to Unicode code points.

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CSS Algorithms: Changelog and Sources

Is CSS a programming language? What is a “CSS algorithm”? Read on to answer these questions, and to learn how CSS fits into the world of programming and computer science.

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Enumerability in JavaScript, or “why some properties are dimmed in a console.log”

I’d seen dimmed properties before, and I always thought of them as the properties that are there by default, or ones I’m not supposed to manipulate. It turns out that’s pretty much correct. The technical term for that is that dimmed properties are non-enumerable vs. enumerable properties.

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Notes from Kyle Simpson, My JavaScript Spirit Guide

A few key takeaways from the course “Deep JS Foundations” on Frontend Masters, taught by Kyle Simpson who I now declare my JavaScript Spirit Guide.

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Day 6: Algorithms – Sorting Algorithms in JavaScript

Algorithms have got a bad, scary, rap. And you know what? It’s for good reason – understanding an algorithm is pretty doable, but implementing an algorithm in code of your own? It’s hard. I went through writing some common sorting algorithms in JavaScript with lots of help from the Internet. Take a read!