This post is not a complete list, more a list of stuff I found compelling in 2021 that will keep you set in 2022 and build off of my previous list. You may see some repeats from my 2020 post here, but they’re still super relevant.
Most resources are free, but some resources you need to pay. I also highly recommend an egghead.io subscription. I’ve been a happy subscriber for quite a while now.
If you have an educational stipend at work, use it. Also, many public libraries give you access for free to paid resources like LinkedIn Learning. Check out your local library before purchasing certain content. Also, just a massive shoutout to public libraries. 😎
I work with Preact daily, and I also work with React. There are other libraries and frameworks out there, but I will veer away from all that in this post. The browser extensions section is the only place where I’ll mention frameworks and libraries.
This post is a work in progress, so expect this list to update throughout 2022.
- Philip Roberts talk at JSConf EU “What the heck is the event loop anyway?” is an excellent explanation of the event loop.
- Jake Archibald: In The Loop – JSConf.Asia
- Tasks, microtasks, queues and schedules – A great post from Jake Archibald on some more advanced stuff
TypeScript is getting more and more popular every year. Even if you’re not a fan of it, it’s good to be at least aware of it.
- Anything by Marius Schulz – Marius has a tonne of great blog posts about TypeScript and some great courses on Egghead.
- Practical Advanced TypeScript – I loved this course from Rares Matei
- The TypeScript team’s 2021 type | treat series on DEV – Orta from the TypeScript team put some amazing challenges together this year
- TypeScript Playground – The TypeScript Playground keeps improving and is a great place to test stuff out.
- Learn TypeScript from the Ground Up with James Henry – A great free course from James Henry. If you enjoy it, consider buying his advanced course.
Let’s skip the centring jokes in CSS. We’re in the 2020s now, and this is something relatively easy to do nowadays. Dig in and level up on your CSS.
- Andy Bell’s Modern CSS Reset
- Josh W. Comeau’s CSS Reset
- Designing Beautiful Shadows in CSS
- Grid by Example
- Modern CSS Solutions
- Every Layout
- A Primer On CSS Container Queries
If you’re doing web development long-term, you must become familiar with semantic markup. Pass on the order for
<div /> soup.
- MDN as always
- HTMHell – A great site with horrible examples of HTML and how to fix them
- Periodic table of HTML elements – A fun spin on the classic periodic table
Accessibility is super important and honestly, if you want to stand out as a frontend developer, levelling up here is a good move.
- WebAIM’s contrast checker – An easy way to check colour contrast
- ButtonBuddy – A fun interactive building tool to create accessible buttons
- Inclusive Components – A great site on how to build inclusive components
- Forem Developer documentation on accessibility – I’m biased, but I love our a11y documentation
- 5 things I’m thinking about when I check a Pull Request for accessibility – A great checklist of things to look for when reviewing frontend related pull requests
Animations are a great way of enhancing a user experience, but remember, don’t add animations to your site for the sake of adding animations. Here’s some great people’s work to check out in this space.
- Anything by Jhey Thompkins
- Anything by Cassie Evans
- I’m biased, but my co-worker @coffeecraftcode is a whiz when it comes to animations. Check out her codepen profile and LinkedIn courses. I’ve paired with her a bunch of times to learn about animations, so I can 100% guarantee that she knows her stuff.
- prefers-reduced-motion: Taking a no-motion-first approach to animations by Tatiana Mac – This falls under accessibility concerning animations, but I’m putting it here to make it stand out a bit more
- Jamstack Explorers
- Incremental Static Regeneration
- Distributed Persistent Rendering
- Understanding Rendering in the Jamstack
- WAVE – “evaluate web content for accessibility issues directly within your browser”
- axe – “test your web applications to help identify and resolve common accessibility issues”
- Accessibility Insights for Web – “helps developers find and fix accessibility issues in web apps and sites”
- If you’re working with React: React DevTools (Chromium based browsers | Firefox)
- If you’re working with Preact: Preact DevTools
- VisBug – Open source web design debug tools
Testing is a big topic, and I’ll scratch the surface here, but knowing what to test is super important. At the end of the day, when you ship something, ask yourself, “Do I feel confident with shipping this?”.
- I’m a fan of Cypress, and we use it at Forem (the software that powers dev.to). Over time, we’ve been building out our documentation, and I think it’s a great resource if you dive into end-to-end testing. Check out Writing Cypress Tests
- Testing library’s suite of tools. Whether it’s component tests in React, Svelte, plain old HTML/CSS/JS or end to end testing, Testing Library has you covered.
- CodeSpaces (if you have access)
- vscodetips.com – a community discussing all things VS Code including cloud IDEs. Full disclosure that this is a shameless plug. It’s a new community I started this year.
A lot of cool stuff is happening on The Edge. I haven’t done much here, but looking to level up in 2022.
- Cloudflare Workers – Includes stuff like Durable Objects, key value stores etc.
- Cloudflare Pages
- Netlify Edge Handlers
- Vercel Edge Functions
We all love tools. There’s plenty to go around, but I’ll touch on a few.
- Storybook – learnstorybook.com
npx gitgnore node(It works for other languages as well, or if you omit the language, it will give you a list of all the supported gitignores)
These are some great reads.
I’m sure I’ve missed some stuff, but this is the initial brain dump. As mentioned initially, I will update this over the coming year.