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Mastering CSS Grid

By : Pascal Thormeier
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Book Image

Mastering CSS Grid

4.3 (3)
By: Pascal Thormeier

Overview of this book

CSS Grid has revolutionized web design by filling a long-existing gap in creating real, dynamic grids on the web. This book will help you grasp these CSS Grid concepts in a step-by-step way, empowering you with the knowledge and skills needed to design beautiful and responsive grid-based layouts for your web projects. This book provides a comprehensive coverage of CSS Grid by taking you through both fundamental and advanced concepts with practical exercises. You'll learn how to create responsive layouts and discover best practices for incorporating grids into any design. As you advance, you'll explore the dynamic interplay between CSS Grid and flexbox, culminating in the development of a usable responsive web project as a reference for further improvement. You'll also see how frameworks utilize CSS Grid to construct reusable components and learn to rebuild and polyfill CSS Grid for browsers that don't fully support it yet. The concluding chapters include a quick reference and cheat sheet, making this book an indispensable resource for frontend developers of all skill levels. By the end of this book, you'll have thoroughly explored all aspects of CSS Grid and gained expert-level proficiency, enabling you to craft beautiful and functional layouts for web projects of any size.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1–Working with CSS Grid
Part 2 – Understanding the CSS Grid Periphery
Part 3 – Exploring the Wider Ecosystem
Part 4 – A Quick Reference

Masonry layouts

Before the days of CSS Grid, masonry layouts were hard to achieve. The npm library masonry-layout, arguably very popular, still has around 200,000 weekly downloads according to the statistics on, although it hasn’t been updated since roughly 2018, as of 2022.

The library can arrange grid items in a masonry layout with a staggering 239 lines of code. It measures column widths, item widths, and a gutter, and applies a whole lot of CSS to achieve what is nowadays possible with CSS Grid.

A note on browser compatibility

As of early 2023, only Firefox offers masonry layouts behind a feature flag, so we won’t be able to use it in production yet. Most of the masonry-related CSS attributes are in an experimental state.

We learn about this technology to be immediate experts once it's widely available.

Understanding what masonry layouts are

So, what exactly is a masonry layout? The name has nothing to do with building...