14: Get Rich Writing CSS
Chris 'Max' Mathers
April 29th, 2016Play Now
Drink: Hakushu Japanese Whiskey
"It's not good enough to know how to Float something Right."
"The most frustrating thing for anybody that has a high level of expectation about the fidelity of the rendered page to the comps is when some people just say “Good enough”."
"Because of the inconsistencies of the browsers and how they happen to render a page, the browser might decide to barf all over you. You have to figure out what it wants… like any relationship."
"[When writing CSS] having a one-off page is dangerous because you have to maintain a one-off. The user is probably not going to know what he is seeing but he is going to detect inconsistencies."
"The web standards have always been what Microsoft decides to support."
"Tables are not evil, the reason that they became evil is because we got a solution so that we didn’t have to use tables for layout… and because of the whole way browsers render nested tables."
- 2:18 - The Drank
- 3:51 - About Chris
- 9:21 - What was the world like before CSS?
- 13:37 - How did you decide you wanted to style the web?
- 16:41 - What are your frustrations when working on large teams?
- 33:40 - How to avoid font issues?
- 38:20 - How do you make a good living out of CSS?
- 39:45 - Why do so many good developers hate CSS?
- 46:15 - Thoughts on Flexbox?
- 53:03 - Tables, should we use them?
- 57:00 - How to create scalable CSS codebase?
- 1:02:33 - Starting tomorrow morning all browsers will support Flexbox, but Ted Cruz is president, good deal?
- 1:04:05 - Which celebrity would you pick to teach CSS?
- 1:04:57 - Who is better at CSS layout, Bernie or Hilary?
- 1:05:55 - If HTML and CSS were a married couple, who would file for divorce?
- 1:06:20 - If there's a single browser in heaven, what is it called?
- 1:06:50 - If you weren't a web styler, what would you do for a living?
- 1:07:20 - What do you suck at?
- 1:07:33 - Coolest thing you worked on?
- 1:07:38 - Greatest fuck up?
- 1:08:20 - As a consumer of technology what are you excited about?
- 1:10:24 - What is the future of CSS?
- 1:11:40 - Advise for young developers?
- 1:15:58 - Outro
- About the guest:
- Chris is 'THE CSS GUY' everyone knows and loves.
- He is a frontend developer at Bloomberg.
- He was a frontend developer at HBO.
- He was a frontend developer at Roundarch.
- He was a frontend developer at TheStreet.com
- He went to Manhattan school of music.
- He toured around the world playing double bass for a musical theater with Richard Chamberlain.
- He was also my bass player but he's moving to London so whatever...
- Oh yeah and he looks like Ronald Reagan!
- Chris 'Max' Mathers @ LinkedIn