Reading List #31


This week we managed to block two full days to work on picu, our photo-proofing WordPress plugin. We are working on a complete rewrite of the email functionality, which will make it much more extendable and flexible to work with in the future, but is a big chunk of work to implement initially, as it touches pretty much every other function in our plugin. Looking forward to get this released, finally.

Frontend Development

๐Ÿšจ How to Double your Lighthouse Score

A good reminder of how small changes can sometimes have a huge impact on your lighthouse scores and overall performance.

Ben Myers โ€“ How I Doubled My Lighthouse Performance Score in One Night

๐Ÿช„ To Sass, or not to sass

In this post, Mayank explains why they think Sass won’t be gone any time soon. They refer to a statement made by Jeremy Keith, where he said in a talk that Sass (like jQuery or Flash) are like R&D for the web and will become like polyfills once browsers implement their features natively and make them obsolete.

I wouldn’t agree that this statement is absurd, but the point where modern CSS would make Sass obsolete is definitely not here. Even though I only use a fraction of the examples in the article, it will certainly take some time to replace Sass for me as well. The conclusion sums it up quite well:

CSS is making great progress at adding a lot of the missing features that originally made Sass so attractive, but I don’t think we are at a point where vanilla CSS can replace Sass yet. At best, the role of Sass has changed to help make better use of modern CSS.


Mayank โ€“ The case for using Sass in 2022


๐Ÿš€ Preload CSS to make WordPress Faster with Early Hints

Stoyan Stefanov with a cool technique to make your WordPress site faster by adding some early hints to your HTTP responses that will make your CSS (or JS) files load earlier. I will definitely have to play around with this! โ€“ Faster WordPress rendering with 3 lines of configuration

Other / Random

๐Ÿง Tools for better thinking

Untools is a “Collection of thinking tools and frameworks to help you solve problems, make decisions and understand systems.”. I possibly heard about some of them before โ€“ like the Minto Pyramid โ€“ but Untools does a great job of collecting them together with a brief introduction to each.

Untools โ€“ Tools for better thinking

โœŒ๏ธ Have a good one!

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