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Relieve Your CSS Anxiety

Yesterday, MakerSquare held a seminar on design and thanks to the wonderful Elyse Holladay she gave an awesome presentation and tools that I want to share.

If you are starting out a project the first thing you should do is get your basic layout set. The best tool to do this is to use borders around all your divs so you can be sure you aren’t using a CSS trick to visually fix any issues but actually solving your issue. So beware with CSS tricks that look like they solved the problem but they just hide your real problem and then if you have to expand on your layout you will run into problems.

Also, there is a fantastic tool called CodePen where you can put in your html, javascript, and css to see how your changes will look before committing them and having to refresh your page to see what your changes did. This is such a time saver and I tried this on a sample code that Elyse provided and you can really learn how floats work in your layout by doing this. Before learning this, doing any styling was so painful and took three times as much time.  I found using this in combination with the border trick to see my issues and fix them. Check out this awesome blog post about all the different code playgrounds such as code pen so you can choose the best one for yourself to work with: http://www.sitepoint.com/7-code-playgrounds.

Begin any CSS project using borders, using a code playground, and begin with your basic layout before diving too deeply into your styling. These are the tips that I have learned this past week in my studies at MakerSquare and I hope they will help you as much as they did for me. I didn’t like CSS until I learned these steps and tools. So thank you MakerSquare and Elyse Holladay for relieving my CSS anxiety!

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Completed My First Hackathon!

This past weekend I completed my first hackathon at MakerSquare.

Check out my group’s app at: tweet-o-phone.herokuapp.com 

The app is basically like a game of telephone through Twitter and Giphy. You give a word then Tweet-o-Phone searches Twitter for a tweet with that word. Then takes that tweet and chooses a random word from it to give to Giphy. The ouput is a hilarious gif that may or may not be related to your original search….so fun to see how things get translated through social media. 

We used the Twitter and Giphy Ruby gems. I have to say that the gems make it really easy to access the data you need. It was a blast!