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A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Adam Wathan is joined by a guest on each episode to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration.

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Full Stack Radio • Wednesday, November 20th 2019

In this episode, Adam talks to Alasdair Monk about how they approach CSS at Heroku, and how using a utility-based approach has kept their team happy for the last three years.

Topics include:

  • Why Heroku introduced BEM to try and solve their CSS issues and why it didn't work
  • How custom tooling and Ember's component system alleviated any maintainability concerns about littering the HTML with presentational classes
  • Why Heroku still uses some component classes like "btn" and "input" even though they could encapsulate those in an Ember component
  • Why simply introducing any sort of rigid CSS architecture wasn't enough and why switching to a utility CSS approach...
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