April 11 – 13, 2018 | London

It’s not Dark Magic – Pulling back the Curtains from your Style Sheets

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Tuesday, October 24 2017
10:15 - 11:15
Forum 2+3

When you first looked at CSS it probably seemed like a breeze. JavaScript was the hard part. Somewhere during your progression as a developer that changed. What’s worse is that many developers in the front end community have learned to dismiss CSS as a toy language. The truth however is that when we hit a wall many of us don’t actually understand what our CSS is doing under the hood.
We all like to make jokes about it, but how many of us have actually taken the time to try and understand the CSS we’re writing, or reasonably debugged an issue to the next lowest abstraction layer when we hit a wall? All too often we settle for the first Stack Overflow answer, hacks, or we just let the issue go.
In this talk we’ll take a step back and stop throwing darts at the dart board. We’ll discuss common issues such as z-index, cascade, and positioning in depth by diving deep into the browser’s internal rendering engine to see how our styles are actually parsed. Sure, you may still not have an eye for design, but you might just walk away a CSS guru!





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