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Learning CSS

(Ongoing)

After 10+ years making websites, you'd think I already know CSS. And I guess I do, but I don't really know CSS. As Josh W. Comeau puts it: "if you don't learn how its underlying systems work, your mental model will always be incomplete.".

So I am taking his course, CSS for JavaScript Developers.

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I have a love/hate relationship with courses and educational resources. The ones I like, I like a lot. But I struggle to find the ones worth putting my time and money into. We have something called EduCash at Moodle HQ, which is a training allowance given to employees to spend in these type of courses. And for the 3 years I've been at Moodle, this is the first time I've used it! So that tells you how excited I am to take it :).

I first heard about this course from Adam Wathan's recommendation, and after checking it out I read one of Josh's posts. That really sealed the deal for me. Actually, if you're reading this and want to learn more, I strongly suggest that you check out the articles on his blog. There are lot of free resources in there that I'm sure you'll find very useful.

So far, I've only taken the introduction and a recap of the fundamentals. I didn't get into it intending to journal about it, but right off the bat he's encouraging students to learn in public. So I had no excuse 😂️.

The fundamentals module is a quick overview of the basics of CSS, which of course I already knew. But it's still been useful to clarify some nomenclature, and I even learned a couple of things. I learned about the :last-of-type pseudoselector, and that you can use shift+click in the developer tools to switch between color representations (hex, rgb, hsl, etc.). I also found out that you can see the contrast ratio of colors in the picker, which I hadn't noticed. So I'm sure those will be useful at some point.