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Joshua Briley
Joshua Briley
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Any plans to for a course on Rails Front End Performance Optimization?

Hey guys, the new Front End Web Optimization Workflow course is great. I work in a Rails environment and don't really get to take advantage of modern front end tooling. I realize that Webpack is coming, but we're stuck in legacy Rails 4.x apps for the foreseeable future.

Outside of the autoprefixer-rails gem, SVGeez/SVGO (manual CLI tool), and Cloudinary libraries (HUGE file size) for responsive images it seems I'm limited manually optimizing Sass and JS assets. I would love to find a way to automate the process of inlinining critical CSS and asyncing the rest. I would love to be able to automate the usage of tools like UnCSS to remove unused styles. It would be great to include Babel to transpile ES6, too. And figuring out progressive app requirements in Rails comes next, I guess.

As much as I love working in Rails, I wish there was more opportunity to use modern front end tools. Are any of you using gulp with Rails to do any of this? If so, do you any current resources you can share? Thanks a bunch.