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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 β€” I might just answer them during my live speaker discussion!


About Salma Alam-Naylor

Salma β€” or whitep4nth3r β€” 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 β€” a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on September 23 & 24, 2021.

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callumreid

Oooh pretty text colors- could you share color scheme?

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@whitep4nth3r • Edited

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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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 • Edited

CSS grid has changed the game. I recently discovered grid template areas β€” and gone are the days of sorting your HTML into rows and columns to mock grid layouts in your markup β€” 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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Richard Dewey Hammers

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

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@whitep4nth3r

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

Good luck!

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elleon003

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

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@whitep4nth3r

Thank you! This makes me so happy! πŸ₯³

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Luce Carter

I need that table on a poster!

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Devansh Mehra • Edited

Always Declare Everything!!!

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@whitep4nth3r

ALWAYS!!

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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

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

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callumreid

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

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@whitep4nth3r

I use both flexbox and grid β€” 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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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

Thank you, Christian!

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

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@whitep4nth3r

Thank you!

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austinxduong

ooooof im dusty on CSS after learning from this talk. This def changed my life, thank you Salma πŸ₯³

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@whitep4nth3r

Happy to hear, Austin!

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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

Thank you so much, Sarah!

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Loreto E. Torres

Salma, That’s an amazing presentation of what could have been a very tedious topic presentation. πŸ‘πŸ»

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@whitep4nth3r

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

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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

Thank you so much, Nik!

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Nad

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

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Thank you, Nad! This has made my day!