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14: Chris 'Max' Mathers

April 29th, 2016

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Drink:

Absinthe Verte, Hakushu Japanese Whiskey, Caol Ila

Topics:

How to get rich writing CSS. Why Flexbox exists and why it rules. A case for CSS Tables. How not to be hated by JS developers and visuals designers. And the future of CSS.

Quotes of the night:

  • "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."

Skip To:

  • 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?
  • 29:26 - How are the JavaScript developers ruining your day?
  • 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!
  • @XEmedia1
  • Chris 'Max' Mathers @ LinkedIn
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