Kevin Yank — CSS frameworks

Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 9 1.40pm.

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With the proliferation and widespread adoption of JavaScript frameworks, smart developers have wondered if a similar approach to smoothing over the rough spots of CSS might work. Thus, CSS frameworks like Blueprint, YUI Library CSS Tools, Boilerplate, and many others were born. In this session, we will survey the landscape of CSS frameworks and consider how each of them deals with the unique challenge of creating generalised, reusable CSS styles.

There are a number of different approaches, and some are better than others. Choose the right framework and you’ll save yourself a lot of work. Choose the wrong one, and you’ll find your projects weighed down by restrictive assumptions and masses of code that you don’t understand. When it comes to CSS frameworks, making the right choice is everything. By the end of this session, you might just decide that the right framework for you is no framework at all.

About Kevin Yank

Kevin Yank PortraitAs span class="org">SitePoint’s Technical Director, Kevin Yank keeps abreast of all that is new and exciting in web technology. Best known for his first book, Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL, Kevin also co-wrote Simply JavaScript in 2007 and Everything You Know About CSS Is Wrong in 2008. He also writes the SitePoint Tech Times, a free weekly email newsletter that goes out to nearly 200,000 subscribers worldwide, and hosts the SitePoint Podcast. When he isn’t speaking at a conference or writing his next book, Kevin lives in Melbourne, and performs improvised comedy theatre with Impro Melbourne.

Follow Kevin on Twitter: @sentience

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