Coding Skills Improvement For Web Developer
The field of web development has been around for so many years. In fact, it has been around since the inception of the internet which was a little bit over 3 decades ago. That being said, it has received a lot of drastic changes and a lot of things have become much easier now.
This is not to say that it is no longer complex; it still is. But rather, there are things that you can do to make your life a little bit easier. Here are some web development tips, specifically pertaining to coding, that will help boost your skills:
1. Clearing Floating Lists Easily
There are a lot of elements when it comes to creating a website. For example, the bane of many web developers is to clear floating elements. In fact, a lot of junior web developers still struggle with that to this day.
However, some senior developers have come up with a way to clear floating list elements without actually toggling the height. The solution? Just include the following CSS properties to any list container:
display: block;overflow: hidden;
Once you check the list container using any DOM inspector, you will see that the issues are fixed all without ever touching the height attribute.
2. Learn Which Elements to Sandbox
Do you know why there is a sandbox? That is to help keep the sand in a certain place and in a certain area.
When you talk about Sandbox in the field of coding, you want to isolate that particular element so that it will be much easier to debug if there is something wrong with the code.
If you want to implement certain CSS techniques, for example, it is best that you isolate it in a sandbox environment so that in the event that something goes wrong, it will be much easier for you to fix it.
3. Use Web Inspectors to Check How Things Get Implemented
If you’re using some popular web browsers today such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can inspect the CSS codes that were used on a particular page.
All you have to do is right-click on any element on the page and then choose “Inspect Element”. Once that is done, a small pane will pop up at the right side of the screen which will present to you the CSS codes that were used.
You can either inspect each element or you can add new CSS elements so that you can see the changes in real time.
4. Using Firebug to Test CSS Elements
Almost all of the web browsers today support the Inspect Element that I’ve mentioned above. However, at the time of writing this article, only Firefox has the ability to let you test different CSS elements more conveniently.
That is where the Firebug addon comes in. This allows you to see any CSS elements across multiple screens to help you see a lot of things at a time. You can test things out to your heart’s content all in one convenient display.
5. Separate Your Code at All Times
Although you can bunch things up in your code, it is not advisable to do so. This is due to the fact that if there is a bug in your code, it would be hard for you to trace it since everything is all bundled up.
That being said, you need to separate your codes at all times. Instead of using a “.button class”, use the “.button structure” and “.button-face” instead.
6. Don’t Rely Too Much on Frameworks