Stefan Baumgartner

Web ops, performance and front-end

List of articles

Gulp 4: Passthrough source streams

Another nice addition to vinyl-fs that will end up in Gulp 4 is the possibility of having “passthrough” source streams. This basically allows gulp.src to be writable. So what does this mean for you?

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JavaScript 101: Arrays

This was the first contribution I’ve ever made at GitHub, belonging to the original website. The original article is now offline, but saved here for the future.

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Gulp 4: Built-in Sourcemaps

One really cool feature on the Gulp 4 roadmap is the inclusion of native sourcemaps. A commit roughly two weeks ago at the vinyl-fs package makes this possible now. Instead of using the gulp-sourcemaps package directly, you can use a flag in gulp.src. Gulp takes care of the rest:

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I'm writing a book: Front-End Tooling with Gulp, Bower and Yeoman

Okay, lovely people, this is huge for me. I’m actually in the midst of writing a book. It’s called “Front-End Tooling with Gulp, Bower and Yeoman”, and it’s – you guessed it – about front-end tooling with Gulp, Bower and Yeoman. Actually I’ve been writing on it for the last 9 months, and now it has reached the phase of going public for the first time. It’s in the so called “Early Access Program” from Manning (MEAP), where you can buy it before it goes to print, helping me pointing at all the mistakes I make. Or do some slap on the back because it’s so good.

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Book Review: CSS Secrets by Lea Verou

In 2012 I saw one of Lea Verou’s talks for the first time. And if you every had the opportunity of seeing her, you know that you are in for a treat. Her unique way of teaching all those nifty CSS tricks is not only entertaining and engaging, but also a huge motivation for your own work. Every time I returned home from one of those conferences, I tried recreating those tricks and secrets (as she calls it) at home. Using her interactive slides I managed to recreate a good deal of what she’s shown, but sometimes I wished I had some sort of documentation ready. Well, this is now available with her book “CSS Secrets”.

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Deconfusing Pre- and Post-Processing

Some sort of follow-up to my first Medium article – PostCSS Misconceptions – this one deals with the terms pre- and post-processing in general. Well illustrated and with a verdict.

How we sped up

The first time I wrote something for my new Job at We spent about three weeks to push the site’s loading performance to a possible max, without us having the possibility to reduce the page’s weight. This is the write-up of our endeavour.

PostCSS Misconceptions

I tried out Medium as a publishing platform recently. The result is a short rant on how people few PostCSS. While I love the tool and use it everyday, I do want to make clear what’s it all about. Have fun reading.

beyond tellerrand 2015

Last week I attended this year’s beyond tellerrand in Düsseldorf. It was now my third or fourth time (memories are actually really fuzzy … but then again you don’t remember how often you came back to your home during a year) and again I was blown away by both the quality of the conference and the warmth and open-mindedness of its audience.

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Gulp Recipes - Part Two: You might not need this plugin

One month has passed, many questions on StackOverflow have been answered, so here’s yet another round of common Gulp issues with a simple and repeatable solution to them. Be sure to check out last month’s edition, as well as my articles on Gulp, PHP and BrowserSync and multiple Browserify bundles.

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