Software, Development, and WordPress

Dev Docs: API Docs For HTML5, CSS3, DOM, JavaScript, and jQuery

Years (or decades? – yikes!) it was relatively easy to get up to speed with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; however, the web is moving forward and it’s moving forward faster than ever.

The problem with this is that, as developers who stay heads-down busy on stuff, it can be tough to keep up to date with all of the new technologies that are available, what the new APIs are, or how to use them.

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across Dev Docs – I spent a few minutes looking at it – but as time has passed, I’ve spent more and more time using it for reference so much so that it has a permanent spot in my bookmarks bar (and that’s sacred space for me).

Dev Docs

Dev Docs Homepage

An example of a Dev Docs API page.

At the time of this writing, Dev Docs provides API documentation for the following:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • DOM
  • DOM Events
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery

Since I started using it, they added DOM Events and JavaScript so they are clearly focused on continuing to improve the site.

But What’s The Big Deal?

For anyone that has worked with any platform, you know that sifting through API documentation can be hassle. This goes for anything from MSDN, the Rails documentation, jQuery’s API documentation, the WordPress Codex, and more.

It always has to do with one of two things (if not both): design and completeness.

This isn’t necessarily to knock those services or the pages that they provide – for examples, jQuery’s redesign is killer in and of itself – but the truth is that the simplicity of Dev Docs’ navigational structure, search feature, and overall simplicity make it really hard to work with anything else.

To that end, if you’re a developer – especially one who works with mostly client-side languages, I highly recommend bookmarking and following the page. I spend about half my time on the client-side and half on the server-side and have found this to be a valuable resource.


  1. Kim Parsell

    I saw you tweet the link a couple weeks ago. The site layout is simple, clean, and is an awesome resource. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

    • Tom McFarlin

      Yeah – when I first shared it, I think it only had about one or two set of APIs, but they are clearly working on making the site better and I’ve been using it more and more, so I thought it was worth a share.

      I’m with you – really love its layout and over all ux, too.

  2. Eric Dye


  3. Thibaut

    Wow, thanks for a great review! :)
    (I’m the creator of DevDocs)

    • Tom McFarlin

      Ah man, nice to have a comment from you – and thank you for making multiple APIs so easy to access. High five for that, Thibaut.

  4. Phil Derksen

    This resource rocks! Thanks for sharing Tom and thanks for creating it Thibaut!

    • Tom McFarlin

      Sure thing, Phil – hoping to continue sharing the stuff that I find useful as well :).

  5. Chris Hwoard

    Although a fan of Dash on my Mac, dare say, Dev Docs presents documentation better, and certainly can see myself gravitating to it more, especially as they grow their doc library.

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