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Should I use WordPress or React Hooks?

Huh? To a lot of us, that’s not an either/or question. It’s just weird. But that’s because you are on one side of the canyon or the other. You either understand both of those technologies well enough to know what they do and how they are or aren’t related. Or, you don’t understand either of them so it doesn’t matter. There is a weird area in the middle where you understand just enough to be confused.

I find this type of stream-crossing confusion to be one of the most common types of confusion for beginners. It’s not confusion about a single technology, it’s how they combine.

Should I use Markdown or JSON?
Can I use flexbox in Gatsby?
Can I use custom properties in Jekyll?

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πŸ•€ I’m terrible at predicting the future of anything. I’m always wrong about what startups will succeed, for one thing, and I have no idea at all what big changes to CSS we might see in 2020. Adam Argyle had 5 interesting predictions, some bolder than others.

Just in case it helps steer any cosmic forces, I say let’s keep talking about container queries every chance we get. Zach recently put together an interesting timeline of the concept.

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Howdy, y’all! Earlier this week Figma launched Auto Layout which allows components to work a lot more like elements on a web page and respond to the text within a frame. Just like this:

Make sure to check out the video tutorial that Figma posted which walks through building a layout from scratch and how this latest feature can speed things up considerably.