Today’s course, titled Making Sense of the CSS Box Model, was pretty much a review of an earlier course I took titled CSS: Core Concepts. This course, taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen, had a relatively straightforward message: the web is made of boxes. With this philosophy, we began to cover how one designs a website composed of these boxes.
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I have finally completed the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path on Lynda.com! I was tempted to make this post’s featured image a screenshot of Frodo and Sam on the slopes of Mount Doom after they destroyed the ring thinking to myself, “It’s over. It’s done.” Then I thought about it some more and I realized, to quote Count Dooku in his duel with Yoda on Geonosis, “This is just the beginning!”
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Tonight I completed a short course titled Responsive Design Fundamentals instructed by my favorite of the Lynda.com instructors, so far, James Williamson. This course was only 2h 15m long and was basically an overview of the concepts that fueled responsive design. It was nice to have a basic overview of how this worked and the pros and cons of the various techniques of how to accomplish this. Admittedly, while I didn’t know anything going into the course, I found myself dreading the amount of work that goes into making a site properly responsive. With a bit of practice, I feel what I see today as a monumental task will eventually become second nature.
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As I had expected, I completed the HTML Essential Training course on Lynda.com in a single day. It was mostly review at this point but I did learn some interesting things about HTML5. The one fact that stands out is that there seem to be two standards being developed by both the W3C and WHATWG. Perhaps “standards” isn’t the world I’m looking for but more of two philosophies. The W3C works to define a single, definitive standard while WHATWG considers HTML5 a “living standard” which is constantly being updated and improved. It gives me a vibe similar to Fedora and CentOS where the former is the test bed for new features while the latter is the stable, reliable standard if you need to rely on such.
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I somehow managed to stretch a nine-hour CSS course beyond three days. When I woke up this morning I was determined to finish this class so that I could at least try to get back on schedule. I’m pleased to say that I met this goal but the amount of information I had to absorb left me feeling a little fried. Not that I’m complaining, by the way. While my present situation leaves much to be desired, I’m glad I have an opportunity to utilize this time to solidify the skills I developed over the past few years.
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Today’s work was relatively short since all I tackled was the lab at the end of the second chapter of this course. The lab itself was relatively straightforward in that all I had to do was fill in a few selectors in a stylesheet provided by the instructor.
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Continuing the CSS course from yesterday, we covered a variety of different selectors which I’ve written in some detail below. As I concluded my work today, I can’t believe I went this long without seeking out some of this info on my own. I understood my knowledge on this subject to be fragmented but holy crow! At least now I’m working to correct that mistake and, as I do so, I begin to understand what Travis Merrick found so fascinating about all this.
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