when i’m in a lesson and i want to go back and see something all f my work just deletes as if i hit reset all code. is this normal?
There’s a thread somewhere that talks about this-- FCC doesn’t store your lesson solutions (I think they do for some of the major projects though…) anymore because there are so many users (and more by the day probably) and it would overload their servers.
When you successfully pass the lesson there is an option to download the solution but it’s downloaded as json I think. I just copy/paste the code to my own code editor then save from there. (or I just do the lesson in my code editor then copy/paste TO the FCC editor to test/pass the lesson lol).
There are two different types of saved progress for Free Code Camp: your profile and your browser cache.
A list of your completed challenges is saved to your account in the FCC database. You can see the list of completed challenges by looking at your public portfolio. With a growing curriculum already over 1,400 lessons and a community of millions of people, FCC does not store every solution to every challenge in its database. When you complete a challenge, there is a modal that gives you the option to download your solution. This gives you the option to save a copy of any solution that you may want to reference later. There are some challenges which are classified as projects required for certifications. Your solutions to those can be viewed on your settings page.
Your in-editor code is saved in your browser’s local storage. Recent in-progress code from the challenge editor is also saved in your local browser cache when you run tests. If you are completing lessons and do not see your recent code, then your local storage has been cleared or something is preventing FCC from writing to your browser’s storage. This could be a browser setting, a privacy extension, or a browser version incompatibility. Especially as you get to more complicated challenges that may take multiple sessions, I strongly recommend saving your in-progress work outside of the browser cache.
This is a good opportunity to learn the ins and outs of your GitHub account, but you can also just save locally or use a service like repl.it which allows for versioning.