045: With Harry Roberts

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This week we were joined by Harry Roberts of CSS Wizardy. Harry does a lot of writing about CSS architecture and writing good CSS. He has a fancy title at BSkyB and has worked on apps such as Faavorite. We talk about (roughly in order):


Q & A

  • In search of the ah-ha moment for preprocessors. (For Harry, variables in inuit.css)
  • What sort of planning process do you go through to prepare yourselves to write efficient code on large projects?
  • How do CSS transforms interplay with normal CSS properties like height/width and top/left?
  • Newly added styles have a way of just being append to end of stylesheet. Are there organizational principals to help with that?
  • There are lots of new awesome workflow tools for Mac, what about Windows and Linux?
  • Is there some kind of tool to automate making CSS IE compatible?


More Harry

  • Tom Kenny

    Oh, man, Mixture looks amazing. It’s basically exactly what I’m using (Handlino’s “Fire.app”) but better. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • I used to enjoy ShopTalk, but I’ve become frustrated with CSS in recent days. I am taking a hiatus from web design 🙂

  • Renato Alves

    Great move putting a comment’s area here… Miss it for a very long time…

  • David Setz

    Concerning Livereload on windows I know that the combination of the sublime live reload plugin together with the browserplugin works. You won’t get the automatic scss compilation thought. (Tested on windows 7 with current chrome)

  • I’d love it if you could put more links in the show notes. I can’t listen to the show in real time, but usually listen to it in my car during my commute. That means I can’t google for links or cruise the chatroom and I often forget to follow up after the show what I wanted to learn about.

    It took me the longest time to find the link for Mixture this morning — http://mixture.io/ . Plenty of false positives.

  • The idea of junk.css is just brilliant.