Web Development Reading List #139: jQuery 3, Web Payment API, And ES6 Tricks

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What’s going on in the industry? What new techniques have emerged recently? What insights, tools, tips and tricks is the web design community talking about? Anselm Hannemann is collecting everything that popped up over the last week in his web development reading list so that you don’t miss out on anything. The result is a carefully curated list of articles and resources that are worth taking a closer look at.

Finding our passion is a big challenge for all of us as human beings. At some point in life, we try to figure out what our purpose in this world is, what our future will look like. And for some of us, the answers we find to these questions are constantly changing.

The constant search to find answers lets us stay curious, creative, vital — and if that’s missing, we need to find our passion again by exploring what things we like in our world, what makes us happy. Searching takes time, and we should invest that time — maybe by cutting down watching TV by an hour a week.




  • How convenient would it be if payment forms would just let you scan a credit card and fill out your invoice and delivery address? Despite most sites not using them, there are web standards that define exactly this behavior and many browsers actually support it already. For example, Safari lets you scan a credit card if you define the field properly. Jason Grigsby gives you a tutorial on how to properly format payment forms. Finally, we will get an entire web payment API that will offer developers a great way to build convenient checkout processes where the browser will autofill all information.
  • Using account registration pages on a mobile phone is annoying, especially if you need to enter a password. But there’s a way to make this more convenient for your users: Safari provides an option to let users use the iCloud keychain to generate a password on demand.
Jason Grigsby shares how to build forms that support cross-browser autofill and how to take advantage of new features such as scanning credit cards.
Jason Grigsby shares how to build forms that support cross-browser autofill and how to take advantage of new features such as scanning credit cards.


  • Frend is a dependency-free collection of accessible, modern front-end components. They are built with web standards as a priority and aim to avoid assumptions about tooling or environment.
An accessible accordion component from Frend.
An accessible accordion component from Frend. Each component in the collection is compliant, keyboard navigable, and properly interpreted by assistive technologies. (Image credit: Frend)


  • JavaScript variable hoisting can confuse people, and this is actually the reason why many coding conventions have a rule that all variables need to be defined at the top of a function. ES6’s let and const however, will change this simply by working as one would expect it.
  • A great step towards element queries and better control over modules in our front-ends is coming to browsers now with the new Resize Observer API that observes changes to an element’s size. This, together with the Houdini project, could serve well for a custom element query polyfill. No browser supports this yet, but all vendors consider it and see it as a useful addition.
  • Dr. Axel Rauschmayer shares six great ES6 tricks. How to make function parameters mandatory, for example.

CSS / Sass

  • The will-change property is still widely unknown and people don’t know exactly when and how to use it properly. Fortunately, the W3C took the effort to write up how to use will-change well.

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Thanks and all the best, Anselm

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