Stefan Baumgartner

Web ops, performance and front-end

List of articles

Tales from the Browser Wars: Mozilla Stomps IE

Recently I did some “The History of the web” talks for various institutions. While preparing the story to tell, I remembered one specific tale from 1997. It was a tale from the first browser wars, when Microsoft battled Netscape for world browser domination.

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You can extend CoffeeScript classes with ES6 classes

TL;DR: If you want to extend from CoffeeScript written classes, you can use the ES6 class syntax to do so.

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The best thing about NPM scripts

TL;DR: NPM Scripts render global installations of NPM command line tools useless.

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Gulp and Promises

The Gulp task system does not only work with streams alone, but also with other asynchronous patterns. One of those are well known Promises! Find out how we can use two Promise-based tools to create a thorough file sync between two folders.

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My most favorite talks in 2015

I enjoy being at conferences, however I can’t be on all of them. Which is sad, because judging from all the videos one misses a lot! Turns out, my most favorite talks were all from conferences I haven’t been to. The organizers however are kind enough to provide amazing videos for us:

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Gulp: Grab files from your CDN and add them to your build pipeline

This one is a shorty, but that’s what it makes it so nice. Imagine that you have only one dependency in your project, which is some third party library your code builds upon, like jQuery. Instead of having the complete dependency management stack on your shoulders, you just want to use that single file.

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Gulp 4: The new task execution system - gulp.parallel and gulp.series

One of the major changes in Gulp 4 is the new task execution system. In this article, I want to show you what’s new and how you can migrate the best.

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Stay focused with Webmonitoring (

Another article I wrote for the blog over at my employer. When we switched our login from a purely JavaScript based to a progressively enhanced one, we ended up in some deployment mistakes. This was how our tool recognized those errors and what it meant for us. Read it over at Ruxit

Node.js 4.0.0 and Gulp first aid

Node.js 4.0.0 just got released! The jump from 0.12.x to 4.0 is a huge one, especially since it incorporates lots of changes that happened over at the IO.js project. So far, I haven’t experienced a lot of issues with it, and it quickly became the one version that I use as default on my system. However, there are some hickups here and there. Here I try to collect some issues with Gulp.js and first aid solutions. There are few and they might be out of date quickly.

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Gulp 4: Incremental builds with gulp.lastRun

Incremental builds are a good way of speeding up your build iterations. Instead of building everything again with each and every iteration, you just process the files that have changed.

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