Stefan Baumgartner

Web ops, performance and front-end

List of articles

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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Interview with

I had the sincere pleasure of doing an interview with the guys at We talked a lot about my journey as a web developer for the last 15 years. Starting as a teenage boy doing Gaming websites, up to creating websites professionally with several agencies, and finally my landing at Ruxit.

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Gulp Recipes - Part One

In the last two weeks I spent a good deal of time on StackOverflow, trying to solve every open Gulp question there is. The reasons for that are manifold, and besides an overall high amount of spare time and a strong tendency to masochism (it would be more if I’d watch the JavaScript channel there), there was one more reason, which I hope to address at some point in the future.

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Gulp: Creating multiple bundles with Browserify

With the ever-changing eco system of Node.js tools, a short version disclaimer. This article has been created using

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Running an on-demand PHP server with BrowserSync and Grunt/Gulp

Quite a while ago I wrote a little article on connect middleware and how to run PHP with it. While the article was originally intended to introduce the concept of connect middlewares to the Grunt audience, I get a lot of feedback on the PHP part. Which was actually broken by design. So, if you’re search for a real on-demand PHP server in your Grunt or Gulp setup, and have all the livereload goodness you know from your connect server, proceed:

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