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[On-Demand Talk] This Box Will Change Your Life

About This Talk

Is the struggle of battling with margins, paddings and layout in front end development all too familiar? Understanding the CSS box model will change your life. By exploring this powerful and fundamental concept through a series of code examples and real-world struggles, you'll feel empowered to tackle your next project with confidence. CSS doesn't have to be scary. This box will change your life.

Takeaways

  1. The CSS Box Model
  2. Box Sizing
  3. Different types of boxes

Resources

Slides

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🌈 Comment below and ask me questions — I might just answer them during my live speaker discussion!


About Salma Alam-Naylor

Salma — or whitep4nth3r — helps developers build stuff, learn things and love what they do. With a background in music, teaching and comedy, and after a career as a front end developer and lead engineer, Salma is now a Developer Advocate at Contentful.

Salma is a Microsoft MVP for Developer Technologies, Twitch partner and live coding streamer, speaker, tech content creator, and relentless advocate for building a truly accessible web. Founder of unbreak.tech and womenwhostream.tech, her projects revolve around activism for social change and equality in the technology industry, and her expertise is the Jamstack and related front end web technologies.

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This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2021 — a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on September 23 & 24, 2021.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Heyo! If you have any questions for Salma (@whitep4nth3r ) please drop them here! 🙏

We're gathering up these questions for the live speaker discussion coming up later on. 📣

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callumreid

Do you prefer flexbox or grid? Any reason for the answer?

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@whitep4nth3r Author

I use both flexbox and grid — both for different purposes! I always try to use grid for grid layouts (as the name suggests!) and I use flex on elements within the grid to lay things out nicely, vertically center things, and so on.

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Devansh Mehra • Edited on

Always Declare Everything!!!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

ALWAYS!!

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Luce Carter

In your journey learning CSS, what would you say has been your biggest lightbulb moment aside from the box model?

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@whitep4nth3r Author • Edited on

CSS grid has changed the game. I recently discovered grid template areas — and gone are the days of sorting your HTML into rows and columns to mock grid layouts in your markup — just define your grid-areas on your individual elements and kind of visually construct your grid with some lines of CSS. It’s SO powerful and I don’t think people are talking about it enough. No more adding random inner containers to sort things and change the order of things throughout your CSS. Just define the layout of your grid in words in a line of CSS.

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Christian New

On a team full of engineers that focus on functionality and using tools like bootstrap themes, there's one senior dev that specializes in front-end and then there's me that's been helping out. So many overlapping styles and confusion. Great tips and tricks @whitep4nth3r

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you, Christian!

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Loreto Espiritu Torres

Q: Is there any place in the web where documentation about CSS features — like what you have done with boxes — can be found?

From the look of your slides, I could surmise that there has been a lot of work put into it (to make it look soo easy to comprehend).

Q: How much time did you put in your presentation for your allotted time?

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@whitep4nth3r Author • Edited on

There is a wealth of information on MDN about all of the CSS specification: developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/W... — it can be rather wordy. So I would always recommend trying to put what you're reading into context and experiment with HTML and CSS with your own code to understand how it works.

I think I spent almost a week on writing the talk and building the demos and ensuring that the message was clear and not scary!

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Loreto Espiritu Torres

I’ve seen the mozilla docs and I don’t like ‘em.

To make the mozilla docs really good the way you did would be a “miracle” — i.e., without the proper intention, dedication, and most of all time-and-money budget.

You really did a good job for presenting the importance of that one box property.

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Novice

Really informative. Great talk. Thanks Salma!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you, Novice!

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Novice

:D

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Debra-Kaye Elliott

I'll so be re-watching this talk. CSS still confuses me 😩.

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Keep practising... it's not easy! We're all here with you!

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Debra-Kaye Elliott

Thanks for your encouragement! 🙏🏾

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Richard Dewey Hammers

This is SUPER helpfully. I had no idea there was Box-sizing

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@whitep4nth3r Author

So happy to help, Richard!

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Richard Dewey Hammers

I'm using MUI to style my React project and I'm going to try to tricks you talked about to help with some of the funny things the css from MUI is pulling with the ui

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Good luck!

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fizzybuzzybeezy

Thanks for the deep info on the box model Salma!

aside:
I used to have to tell Opera 12 (long, long ago) to disguise itself to use the user agent for Internet Explorer because sites were written to the IE standard. At least I think I did, lol. It sounds familiar.

Great insight and tips. This should save some time and help with our layouts!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Oof, that sounds tricky! Thanks for your kind words!

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SunnyNonsense

Thank you so much for your talk. When looking to create non-orthogonal designs or elements (e.g. diagonals, curves, etc.), is the box model able to achieve this or is there a totally different "model" that is used?

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@whitep4nth3r Author

You'll be dealing with transforms and such to achieve those types of results — however — you'll still need to understand the box model and box sizing when working with those types of things in order to understand how margins, paddings, and borders will be affected. Remember — every HTML element rendered in the browser has a box model regardless.

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Sarah Rivera

This was truly fantastic. I've spent far to long in my (fairly short so far) coding journey struggling with CSS and this was an incredibly helpful mindset-shift Thank you so much for your talk, and the resources you've shared!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you so much, Sarah!

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Really loved it and the setup for the video was epic ❤️

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you!

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callumreid

Oooh pretty text colors- could you share color scheme?

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@whitep4nth3r Author • Edited on

If you're referring to the code examples, I think I used the Community Material High Contrast Light theme 😊

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callumreid

Thank you! That is exactly what I was referring to, I'm looking for a new light theme and it caught me eye

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elleon003

This has really helped me better understand CSS box model - excellent presentation!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you! This makes me so happy! 🥳

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Serena Lin

This is so helpfully! Thank you for sharing.

I want to know more about the difference between CSS Grid and Flexbox.

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Think of grid as defining a grid to work with. You can achieve grid layouts with flexbox, but with gris there are more possibilities. I use flex inside grid items much of the time.

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Loreto Espiritu Torres

Salma, That’s an amazing presentation of what could have been a very tedious topic presentation. 👍🏻

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you so much, Loreto! I had a great time working on the talk.

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Nad

This was the best explanation of the box model I've ever seen. Thank you!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you, Nad! This has made my day!

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Nik Payton

Thank you Salma. You really explained the box system clearly, and it helped clear up some issues I was still having with CSS.

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you so much, Nik!

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Kathy Lambert

Great talk. Thanks for your all your great shared advice!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you, Kathy! So happy to help!

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Ruzel Zakirov

Thanks so much Salma! Very helpful tips, really improved my general understanding. I'm going to follow your advices and encouraged to dive deeper!

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Good luck in your CSS journey, Rizzy!

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Luce Carter

I need that table on a poster!

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austinxduong

ooooof im dusty on CSS after learning from this talk. This def changed my life, thank you Salma 🥳

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Happy to hear, Austin!

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AlexG

Probably the simplest but the best box model explication ever seen.
Kudos. Slides and snippets directly to my CSS cheatsheet.

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@whitep4nth3r Author

Thank you, Alex! Much appreciated!

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Loreto Espiritu Torres

Yes! A very honest remark that CSS is “easy”. Love it!!!!