How not to scale css
Several years ago I got curious about how css worked at scale. When I first started out, there weren’t nearly as many learning resources as there are now. CSS zen garden was amazing, at the time it showed how much you could change a design without altering the html.
In the beginning, that’s what people sold me as a feature. By writing css, you could make a change one place and have it propagate everywhere. In principle this sounds pretty good. I’m lazy so I like doing things one time. But eleven years later, my experience on both large and small teams is that this is the most terrifying thing about css.
In the past few years a lot of very smart people have been thinking more about CSS and this has lead to some fascinating discussions around how to build ‘scalable’ ui and how that relates to CSS. When I first started to think about scalability I naturally started to read every blog post and watch every tech talk I could get