Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.

Reactive Data With Modern JavaScript

What if I told you that, at least for fully modern work, you don't need special-purpose state management tools and that you can -- to coin a phrase -- 'use the platform' instead? Turns out you can.

The Mobile Performance Inequality Gap, 2021

A lot has changed since 2017 we I last estimated a global baseline for total page resource limits of 120-170KiB. Thanks to progress in networks and browsers (but not devices), the new baseline is much more generous: ~100KiB of HTML/CSS/fonts and ~300-350KiB of JS. But the devil's in the footnotes, and modern web development practices push the median page well above these guidelines.