Enduring CSS
By Ben Frain
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: January 2017
Pages: 134

Learn to really THINK about CSS, and how to create CSS that endures continual iteration, multiple authors, and yet always produces predictable results

About This Book

  • Address the problems of CSS at scale, avoiding the shortfalls of scaling CSS.
  • The shortfalls of conventional approaches to scaling CSS.
  • Develop consistent and enforceable selector naming conventions with ECSS.
  • Learn how to organize project structure to more easily isolate and decouple visual components.

Who This Book Is For

This is a book for working CSS authors involved in large projects. This is a book that tackles create enduring CSS for large-scale projects.

What You Will Learn

  • The problems of CSS at scale?specificity, the cascade and styles intrinsically tied to element structure.
  • The shortfalls of conventional approaches to scaling CSS.
  • The ECSS methodology and the problems it solves.
  • How to develop consistent and enforceable selector naming conventions with ECSS.
  • How to organise project structure to more easily isolate and decouple visual components.
  • How to handle state changes in the DOM with ARIA or override selectors.
  • How to apply ECSS to web applications and visual modules.
  • Considerations of CSS tooling and processing: Sass/PostCSS and linting.
  • Addressing the notion of CSS selector speed with hard data and browser representative insight

In Detail

Learn with me, Ben Frain, about how to really THINK about CSS and how to use CSS for any size project! I'll show you how to write CSS that endures continual iteration, multiple authors, and yet always produces predictable results. Enduring CSS, often referred to as ECSS, offers you a robust and proven approach to authoring and maintaining style sheets at scale.

Enduring CSS is not a book about writing CSS, as in the stuff inside the curly braces. This is a book showing you how to think about CSS, and be a smarter developer with that thinking! It's about the organisation and architecture of CSS?the parts outside the braces. I will help you think about the aspects of CSS development that become the most difficult part of writing CSS in larger projects.

You'll learn about the problems of authoring CSS at scale?including specificity, the cascade and styles intrinsically tied to document structure. I'll introduce you to the ECSS methodology, and show you how to develop consistent and enforceable selector naming conventions. We'll cover how to apply ECSS to your web applications and visual model, and how you can organize your project structure wisely, and handle visual state changes with ARIA, providing greater accessibility considerations. In addition, we'll take a deep look into CSS tooling and process considerations. Finally we will address performance considerations by examining topics such as CSS selector speed with hard data and browser-representative insight.

Style and approach

Learn with me, Ben Frain, about how to really think about CSS. This is a book to deal with writing CSS for large-scale, rapidly changing web projects and applications. This isn't a book about writing CSS, as in the stuff inside the curly braces - this is a book about the organisation and architecture of CSS; the parts outside the braces!

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Too much about ECSS and not CSS itself

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  • Easy to understand

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  • Not comprehensive enough

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  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly Enduring CSS:

I'm web programmer since 1996, for most things CSS always elude me and I saw wonders done inside Bootstrap CSS. I'm current learning about Node.JS and similar stuff (compile CSS). I was hoping that this book help me to do better CSS and better organized, but half of the book is about something not pratical.

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