It took a little over three hours, but my assignment #2 for Lambda School’s Mini Bootcamp is finally ready (or, at least, as ready as it’s going to be before today’s class). The challenge was to duplicate this website using HTML and CSS.
Today marked the second class session for Lambda School’s free Mini Bootcamp. The topic focused primarily on utilizing CSS to help style/format websites, as well as introduced Bootstrap. Much of the discussion early on (about margins, padding, and float properties) should come as great news to those of us who struggled a lot with assignment 1. Boostrap effectively is an open source library which offers tons of pre-made code ready for a web developer’s use free of charge.
Here’s the lesson video in case you missed it live:
You don’t need to use Bootstrap if you don’t want to – but it’s certainly a handy tool which would expedite the process. Austen suggested that it would also be useful to open the developer console on your browser when you need to check specific elements on the target site (font, etc). Of course, don’t just steal the site’s code fully from the console.
When just creating test websites, you can safely use a link to grab the Bootstrap library. Here’s the code to enter into your HTML file to get it hooked up with Boostrap:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.7/css/bootstrap.min.css" integrity="sha384-BVYiiSIFeK1dGmJRAkycuHAHRg32OmUcww7on3RYdg4Va+PmSTsz/K68vbdEjh4u" crossorigin="anonymous">
I’m absolutely looking forward to digging in with the assignment tonight. Good luck, everyone! Don’t forget to submit your sites to Slack channel #webassignment2 when you’re done.
Today marked the very start of the mini bootcamp from Lambda School. Unlike their full and part time (expensive) bootcamps, this is a wholly free introduction meant for beginners. And I believe they are still allowing people to join up into the Slack chat. As far as the lessons are concerned, they’re being saved to YouTube for anyone to watch later. Here is the first lesson, if you’re curious:
I’m not going to say it went perfectly well because the host did make a few mistakes (not that anyone expected perfection) which I’m sure would throw total beginners for a loop. From experience helping non-tech people out, it’s very clear that mumbling as you quickly flip between screens to solve an issue in no way explains it to said person. Even when the issue is minimal, actions like that tend to cause confusion – they begin to believe they’ve missed out on some key component. But, other than that, it was a decent refresher for HTML and CSS.
Classes are planned to be on each Monday and Friday at 6:00 PM PT and the course itself will run a few weeks. Here’s a timezone converter where you can add/check your timezone to figure out when Friday’s class will be in your timezone.
The lesson lasted less than an hour when it came to actual teaching. It was closer to 40 minutes long, with a lot of time afterward spent on answering questions from the Slack chat. There were three assignments given which were to create web pages based on 3 different PNG images of sites. My sites are available after the cut.