CSS Is A Programming Language

A presentation at WordCamp Montclair in in Montclair, NJ, USA by Lara Schenck

CSS can be a source of deep frustration for developers, both new and experienced. Over time, this has resulted in a portion of the web community with a fundamental misunderstanding of CSS – not only of how to write it well, but of what CSS is in the first place: a domain-specific, declarative programming language.

Familiar programming concepts are all over our style-sheets…but you must learn how to see them! This talk will examine the overlaps between CSS and traditional programming concepts – such as conditional logic, algorithms, and OOP – to help us better understand CSS.

(Algorithms in CSS v3.0.0)


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