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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Basic Layout Width and Height Properties

Every new video I keep being forced to start a new workspace. Then if I use my old one I am missing info and steps. ARG

Every time I start a new video with this less I am prompted to open up a new workspace. I kept trying to use my original one as I wanted to follow along start to finish but then the guy in the video was leaving stuff off and just kept discussing the same stuff nick pettit already covered in the first lesson I completed.

With Nicks videos in the first section the next video started where the previous one ended. This entire CSS section is messed up and I am not even able to follow along for a "project". The entire CSS section is useless and a repeat of the HTML lessons I did previously.

Why this guil guy in CSS is just having me enter in values and not having me fix a website and make it look good I will never understand. I have spent hours just watching him play with values and be all "look thats ugly so lets switch back to what we already entered"....

If all of Guils videos are not possible to follow along with I will be forced to skip major sections because i'm about to pull my hair out.

12 Answers

Matthew Lawson
Matthew Lawson
7,283 Points

I also found the exact same thing with the CSS Basics compared to Nick's lessons, often in the CSS course there was massive chunks of information missing. This made taking the quiz quite difficult as well at times, I'm like you and I like to follow along with the code to help me memorise different tags and techniques.

I think this needs to be addressed going forward.

agree

saaaaame

Winter Trabex
Winter Trabex
2,071 Points

I found this myself as well. I don't mind playing around with the code, though it does get tedious- as opposed to Nick's lessons, which I found really challenging. I like the challenge better, because it forces me to stop and figure out what he's doing.

The file downloads he's provided are sectioned off pretty well. But it's not always clear which files he wants me to use. And that's weird, because it doesn't build as it goes along. It just changes randomly without any warning.

I guess since this post has been around for two months, it's not really going to be addressed. That's a shame, because it seems like Guil is really knowledgeable.

It seems like what Guil is doing is different from Nick. Because in this lesson we are not learning the concepts of building our own website, but rather, learning the concepts behind CSS design. So instead of having us plug in huge amounts of HTML code and comments to better follow along (and making the lesson much longer), it is streamlined as if you already had the website designed on the html side, but are going back and styling it, and reinforcing the concepts we need to know.

Almut Jenk
Almut Jenk
7,526 Points

Maybe there was a fix, but when you're prompted to load a new workspace, it will automatically select the right one. I don't find it a hassle at all.

Plus, Guil's method has some advantages. Should you have messed up earlier - or took the freedom to go off your own way - you can easily re-enter a "clean" code with a new workspace and keep following along.

Lastly, when Guil tries out code just to delete it later, it doesn't bother me anymore. He does it to demontrate how everything works, I actually value the repetition and have learned when to follow along or not. In the beginning, it was a bit harder because I too had learned with Nick earlier. Now, however, I quite like both teachers, even though they do things a little differently.

Felix Divall
Felix Divall
7,998 Points

This frustrates me too. I use Atom all the time, typing my own comments etc. Whenever the workspace has changed, it's pretty tedious to sync it with what I've already done.

Amanda Williams
PLUS
Amanda Williams
Courses Plus Student 2,804 Points

I have to agree. I've found this CSS Basics pretty tedious. I'm trying to stick with it, in case I miss anything, but I'm not as keen to login every day and continue.

This course was a more in depth look at CSS concepts. It's more about listening and taking notes than following along.

Maya Husic
Maya Husic
13,488 Points

This is still present, years later. While I'm beyond impressed by his teaching method having to open a new workspace with each new video is extremely frustrating. I've been adding code on my own though, helps with learning. Hopefully they'll fix it at some point.

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas
3,029 Points

My last one is text-shadows. Do you have the finished one?

I am with you guys this a good class but it can much better if Guil keeps only one page and it does not change every time to new workspace. I am working with Sublime Text because when I will work for a company I will not have the workspace that Treeteam House offers and I am trying to keep more real.

I have some note HTML pages where I make notes on things I either didn't know before or think I might forget. With the Nick videos on had htmlNotes.html and CSSNotes.html pages (I tried to type the notes in HTML form i.e. <UL> or <OL> with my list items and the corresponding closing tags). It is easy to make a new file and name it what you want in the workspace. With Guil's I refer or try to refer to CSSNotes.html in first workspace in his class or my prior version. It is good practice for me since it has been a long time since I did any HTML and in the 90's I didn't do any CSS or at least not as a separate style sheet. I am looking forward to the script programming, because I used to love programming. Remember the more you practice the better it might be for you to retain the information.

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas
3,029 Points

I agree with Matthew, also where is the finished workspace with the lake tahoe web design so I can use it as reference?

Matthew Lawson
Matthew Lawson
7,283 Points

If you head into your workspaces, it should be in there somewhere. If not I can send you a copy of mine.