Trevan Hetzel

An introduction to Stimulus

Stimulus was released in 2018 by the Basecamp team. Its motto is “A modest JavaScript framework for the HTML you already have.”. It sounded catchy (and lead by DHH) so I wanted to play around with it and see what it was all about and how it stacks up to more modern reactive frameworks like Vue and React (spoiler alert: it is not at all similar to Vue or React). After playing around with it,...

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Simple animated sticky header with plain JavaScript and CSS

Sticky headers are a very common pattern found on a lot of websites. You see lots of site headers that stick to the top of the page once the user scrolls down to a certain point (usually the height of the header). Since it’s such a common UX pattern, there are lots of libraries, plugins and different ways to build them. But I hate adding libraries to my codebases when just a few lines of...

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My essential front-end extensions for Visual Studio Code

I’ve recently switched from Sublime Text to Visual Studio Code as my primary code editor. As such, I’ve personalized it to feel like home. Here are the most important extensions I use as a front-end developer. Afterglow Remastered This is the color theme I’ve been rocking in Sublime Text for a while, so I was pretty happy to discover it had been ported over to Visual Studio Code. Auto Close Tag Because who doesn’t want...

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Loading stylesheets in WordPress child themes the fast way

Loading stylesheets in WordPress child themes is a pretty straightforward process. According to the Codex, you just add a wp_enqueue_scripts action that loads the parent theme’s stylesheet as well as the child theme’s stylesheet. Easy peasy. However, you know me and extra asset requests 😉 I hate to request multiple CSS or JS files if I can help it. Loading the parent stylesheet with WordPress’ recommended wp_enqueue_scripts is going to end up making two calls...

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Our twist on BEM CSS modifiers

Over the past few years, I’ve found that the BEM CSS methodology falls closest in line with my preference for CSS authoring (although I do have a lot of respect for Enduring CSS). The block (parent), element (child/grandchild) and modifier work for nearly every scenario. However, there was always one thing with BEM that drove me nuts – the way it recommends writing modifiers. According to the official BEM website, the way to declare modifiers is .block__element--modifier....

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