I can see this coming in very handy at Codebar—pop any CSS selector in here and get a plain English explanation of what it’s doing.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
This is a wonderful interactive explanation of the way CSS hierarchy works—beautiful!
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
Thursday, January 31st, 2019
This article by Cassie is so, so good!
First off, there’s the actual practical content on how to change the hover styles of SVGs that aren’t embedded. Then there’s the really clear walkthrough she give, making some quite complex topics very understandable. Finally, there’s the fact that she made tool to illustrate the point!
Best of all, I get to work with the super-smart developer who did all this.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
As well as graciously hosting Indie Web Camp Berlin on the weekend at Mozilla’s offices, Yulia has also drawn this super-cute comic.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
The latest explainer/game from Nicky Case is an absolutely brilliant interactive piece on small world networks.
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Some great ideas here about using metaphors when explaining technical topics.
I really like these four guidelines for good metaphors:
Monday, July 31st, 2017
Such a great primer on game theory—well worth half an hour of your time.
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
This is a fun—and accurate—explanation of service workers.
There’s definitely something “alien” about a service worker—it’s kind of like a virus that gets installed on the user’s device. I’ve taken to describing it as “a man-in-the-middle attack on your own website” which makes sound a bit scarier than is necessary.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
A really clear introduction to the pieces of a URL by Vera, who is setting out on her career as a front-end developer.
Monday, September 12th, 2016
Bookmark this page! Who knew that so much knowledge could be condensed into one document? In this case, it’s life-saving
git commands, explained in a user-centred way.
So here are some bad situations I’ve gotten myself into, and how I eventually got myself out of them in plain english.
Sunday, January 10th, 2016
How the Web Works: A Primer for Newcomers to Web Development (or anyone, really) by Preethi Kasireddy
This is a great reminder of the fundamental nuts’n’bolts of the internet and the World Wide Web: clients, servers, URLs, DNS, HTTP, TCP/IP, packet switching, and all the other building blocks we sometimes take for granted.
This is part one of a four-part series:
- A Primer for Newcomers to Web Development (or anyone, really)
- Client-Server Model & the Structure of a Web Application
- HTTP & REST
- Stay tuned…
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Sounds like a good exercise for explaining just about anything. Smart.
Friday, March 25th, 2011
A superb explanation of rhetorical devices by Ethan.
Monday, January 21st, 2008
Easy as Pie Ajax Requests - Create compelling ajax in minutes with simple examples. | Notes from Phazm
This is a good straightforward hands-on explanation of Ajax: succinct and clear.