Lighthouse 100

We would have had a perfect Lighthouse score if the tool didn’t assume our Google fonts would be invisible while webfonts are loading.

Lighthouse report showing 99 for Performance, and 100 for the rest
Lighthouse report for www.nd.edu using Simulated Fast 3G, 4x CPU Slowdown

Users may get a bit of FOUT, but the text uses a fallback until Google Fonts finishes loading. So I’m going to go ahead and call it a perfect 100.

Video Playback Rate

As a web developer who likes to keep up with all the latest and greatest in our profession, I find it difficult consume all of the media I’ve saved for later viewing or listening. I listen to all podcasts at 2x with little trouble. But what about videos?

The Power of Serverless

This site has been served statically for some time now. With my recent switch to Netlify for hosting, I find “serverless” services rather fascinating. Chris Coyier recently launched The Power of Serverless for Front-End Developers which lists a number of services, ideas, and resources for front-end devs looking to get started with serverless technologies.

Let’s get one thing out of the way: it still involves servers, so that word serverless might feel a bit disingenuous. It’s actually a new way to pay for and work with servers that, in many cases, is cheaper and easier than buying and managing your own servers.

Expanding the capabilities of statically hosted sites is pretty exciting.