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Jens Oliver Meiert on web development and philosophy (and sometimes art and adventure). Writing about quality code and world views since 1999.


Expert Web Development: A 3rd Key Differentiator

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:04:58 +0000

As web developers we have decisions to make and our decisions depend on a few variables. Two that have become much more important over the years are the one of code for research or production, and the one of web site or app…

An Ode to Smashing Magazine

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:04:52 +0000

Excitement about a success story.

Performance of CSS Selectors Is Still Irrelevant

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:38:38 +0000

From my upcoming book on CSS optimization: Selector performance is not something to optimize for as the price we pay for it is, indeed, terrible: We micro-manage our work for gains that aren’t even noticeable.

On Big Picture Thinking in Web Development

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:55:30 +0000

Thoughts on thinking outside the box, in tech, with examples ranging from selector performance to a general development vision, to illustrate how very different issues can all reach beyond their perimeter.

CSS: The Reason Why Selectors Should Be Ordered, Too

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:50:11 +0000

We’ve talked a lot about declarations as declarations are at the heart of our work with direct consequences for the quality of our style sheets. We’ve not talked much about selectors, though, and that may be a mistake.

Static Site Generation with Grow: How to Set Up Syndication Feeds

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:47:10 +0000

Grow is a static site generator that I’ve slowly been switching to on my own projects. Here I wish to lay out how to do something with Grow that’s not overly difficult, but also not well-documented—to set up syndication feeds.

Thoughts on #MeToo

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:16:26 +0000

#MeToo exposes great injustice, and it could do so justly.

Are You a Gentleman?

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 15:15:19 +0000

Values are on my mind quite much of the time, as our only possession; but writing about values, I don’t quite get to yet. A question, now, to point into the direction.

The Scientific Irony

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:19:14 +0000

There’s no proof that life has meaning; therefore, life is meaningless. Wait, what?

DRY CSS: How to Use Declarations Just Once, Effectively

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:02:50 +0000

Using declarations just once is one way to control repetition in style sheets. It’s not a silver bullet, as we’ve seen with recent data, but it’s so powerful as to make for a key style sheet optimization method.

5 Reasons Against Resets, Normalizers, Reboots

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:07:29 +0000

A word about one of CSS’s horsemen of the apocalypse.

The 3 Levels of Code Consistency

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:28:03 +0000

Consistency is a factor for code quality and one of the key reasons why we need coding guidelines. Interestingly enough there are three levels of consistency: individual, collective, and institutional.

Understandable-Simple vs. Minimal-Simple Code

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:08:53 +0000

Code simplicity seems to be a goal quite worthwhile, contributing to better understanding, greater robustness, and higher quality. That’s at least what comes to my mind when looking at the matter…

On Enforcing Coding Guidelines

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:46:33 +0000

Surprisingly a snippet from The Little Book of Website Quality Control, not the one of HTML/CSS coding guidelines, a few thoughts on enforcing coding standards.

What Happens When You Email the Companies That Are Responsible for 71% of All Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:06:49 +0000

A few months ago I ran into an article referring to data from the Carbon Disclosure Project. I realized that the data may have been inaccurate and incomplete but also that it presented an avenue for us to actually do, a little.

What Happens When You Email Each of the 1,380 Members of the German and European Parliaments

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:37:47 +0000

Over the last couple of months I have emailed, each individually, all the 631 members of the (departing) German Bundestag as well as 749 members of the European Parliament (I was short two MEPs).

Freedom = ƒ(Money)?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:02:26 +0000

No, this question is not new. However it’s one I want to ponder with you because it much seems like something truly terrible has happened over the centuries.

Destroying Is Not Arguing, or: Why It Would Be Bad If Jesus Was Here

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:11:17 +0000

Arguing is something we have to learn. I observed this again in recent years when I started studying philosophy and went through courses for logic and argumentation theory. These courses…

The Cost of Frameworks, Illustrated

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:20:25 +0000

A visual attempt to show how for everything built for the long run, external frameworks are a pricey crutch that has to be avoided or be thrown away at the earliest time. The reasons: quality—and cost.

CSS @-Rules, an Overview

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:24:59 +0000

From @charset to @viewport. Or from @bottom-center to @top-right-corner.