20+ Docs and Guides for Front-end Developers (No. 11)

By Louis Lazaris

It’s that time again to get learning! As before, I’ve collected a number of different learning resources, including guides, docs, and other useful websites to help you get up to speed in different areas of front-end development.

So please enjoy the eleventh installment of our Docs and Guides series and don’t forget to let me know in the comments of any others that I haven’t yet included.

1. HTML Canvas Cheatsheet

An HTML Canvas syntax cheatsheet, available in regular web format or as a downloadable PDF or PNG. This cheatsheet has a good overview starting with the basics (shapes, text, colors, etc.) and moving on to more advanced features (images, transformations, animations).

HTML Canvas Cheatsheet

2. ARIA Landmarks Example

An extensive W3C guide providing details for authoring accessible pages using ARIA Landmarks and headings. In addition to the info in the various pages (which cover everything from banner roles regions), the pages have interactive buttons at the top of the page that allow you to view the landmarks and headings visually, which is useful for identifying the organization and structure of a web page.

ARIA Landmarks Example

3. Clean Code JavaScript

Developer Ryan McDermott has put together a comprehensive repository of software engineering principles, from Robert C. Martin’s book Clean Code, adapted for JavaScript. It’s a guide to producing readable, reusable, and refactorable software in JavaScript.

Clean Code JavaScript

4. Know it all

Not so much a guide in itself, but a tool to help you decide which guides, tutorials, etc., to look for. It’s basically a web app in the style of a to-do list that lets you indicate which web platform and Node.js technologies you know or don’t know. The list starts off very broadly and lets you drill down to more specific features under each category.

Know it all

5. Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming

It seems like every week there’s a new resource on functional programming, but this one looks like a good option for experienced programmers and those not yet familiar with functional programming concepts. Written for JavaScript developers, this seems to be a work in progress. The first nine chapters are done and I think that’s plenty for anyone just getting started with this subject.

Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming

6. Fetch Living Standard on WHATWG

In case you haven’t noticed, the Fetch standard, which is a modern replacement for XMLHttpRequest, now has pretty strong browser support. If you’re looking into making the transition from older techniques to this new API, the official spec might be a decent place to start.

Fetch Living Standard on WHATWG

7. JavaScript Stack from Scratch

This “minimalistic and straight-to-the-point guide to assembling a JavaScript stack” by Jonathan Verrecchia might help developers overcome the complexities of the current JavaScript ecosystem. The guide does not go into details about the individual technologies, but only demonstrates how you can get these up and running.

JavaScript Stack from Scratch

8. npm vs. Yarn Cheat Sheet

Yarn is a JavaScript package manager that attempts to solve some of the problems with npm. Gant Laborde put together a little guide to help developers understand the differences should they want to make the switch. This is the PDF version of the article that has the same content.

NPM vs. Yarn Cheat Sheet

9. CSS Reference

A visual guide to CSS, divided into basic categories that include illustrated and animated examples to help you understand different properties and their possible values.

CSS Reference

10. Dash for iOS

I’ve featured the desktop version of Dash before, but this is the iPad and iPhone version. Dash is a free and open-source API Documentation Browser that gives your iPad and iPhone instant offline access to 150+ API documentation sets, including Bootstrap, Angular, CoffeeScript, Ember.js, Node.js, Meteor, and tons more for both front-end and back-end developers.

Dash for iOS

11. ES6 Cheatsheet

I know what you’re thinking: Not another ES6 cheat sheet! This one is pretty cool, though. It’s organized into 9 sections with 31 code examples. Each example has a CodePen code comparison of the old way of doing things compared to the ES6 way of doing things.

ES6 Cheatsheet

12. Progressive Web App Checklist

A guide from Google on the hot topic of PWAs: “To help teams create the best possible experiences we’ve put together this checklist which breaks down all the things we think it takes to be a Baseline PWA, and how to take that a step further with an Exemplary PWA by providing a more meaningful offline experience, reaching interactive even faster and taking care of many more important details.”

Progressive Web App Checklist

13. Byte-saving Techniques

Based on an old code golf project called 140Bytes, this document has lots of quick JavaScript optimization tips and techniques. Note that some of these might not be practical in a real-world project as they could be problematic during code maintenance.

Byte-saving Techniques

14. AMP by Example

This website gives a hands-on introduction to Accelerated Mobile Pages based on code and live samples. It will help you learn how to create web pages with AMP and how to use AMP components.

AMP by Example

15. WebAIM Section 508 Checklist

A checklist from the folks at WebAIM, for helping you to get your pages Section 508 compliant. The guide is available online or as a PDF and it’s divided into two sections of content: 1) HTML 2) Scripts and Plug-ins.

WebAIM Section 508 Checklist

16. Front-end Hyperpolyglot

Jeff Carpenter’s comparison chart of similar features in popular JavaScript frameworks. If you’re considering using React, Angular, Ember, Polymer, Vue, or Riot.js, this breakdown will show you the syntax from each library on lots of different techniques common in these kinds of libraries and frameworks.

Front-end Hyperpolyglot

17. Typography Handbook

Kenneth Wang’s “concise, referential guide on best web typographic practices.” Includes tips on design, sizing and units with CSS, and font formats.

Typography Handbook

18. JavaScript Modules

A quick introduction and explanation of ES6 Modules, a module system inspired by Node.js modules. Although ES6 Modules don’t have much browser support yet, this is a nice guide to get a head start on what to expect. There’s also a comparison with CommonJS.

JavaScript Modules

19. Sassisfaction

A searchable collection of resources for Sass developers including tools, tutorials, libraries, and more.



Lastly, let’s finish this list with a collection of self-care resources from Jennifer Lyn Parsons. Includes tips, articles, and tools on exercise, positivity, journaling, and more. All tech workers will benefit from making good health and well-being a priority, and this might be a good starting point.

Best of the Rest…

Suggest Yours

If you’ve built or know of another learning resource for front-end developers, drop it in the comments and I’ll consider it for a future post.

In the meantime, here are the previous posts in this series:

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