So, I’m up to the point of the Tribute Page project and now it has me completely discouraged.
I’ve been doing great up to this point, understanding JQuery, and the CSS and HTML (which I’ve previous experience in). However, I slammed into a brick wall with the Tribute Page project, which is just dropped on you completely out of the blue.
What’s throwing me off is that we’re not supposed to use any custom CSS, but only bootstrap stuff. Well, I’ve looked at the bootstrap site for a reference or something, but the site is a mess, with just a single mile-long page of a ton of information. It seems like unnecessary complication for what could otherwise be a more straight-forward exercise.
With straight up custom CSS, I could do this project pretty easily, probably within an hour, and everything would be correct. I suspect others would have similar experiences.
But with the “no custom CSS” rule, and having to rely on what is, I feel, I poorly organized resource (the bootstrap site), I feel like my hands have been tied behind my back and I’ve been blinfolded, and it puts me in what I consider an unrealistic situation. Most of my time is going to be spent hunting down which specific class name I need for a result I could type up myself in under a minute.
Shouldn’t the project’s intent be to show that you understand the concepts shown thus far, about page layout, use of styles, etc? Why does it have to be specifically bootstrap stuff?
My impression is that bootstrap is a kind of “helper”, with ready-made styles that save people the time/effort of having to type up everything themselves. I’d think the goal is to prove you understand CSS itself before using something like that. It’s kinda like using Dreamweaver and letting it code the HTML for you, instead of showing that you understand how to code HTML yourself.
Not a fan, at all, of the way this project/challenge is just dropped on top of you, completely out of the blue, with such arbitrary restrictions, and after such little preparation. It seems a bit more like a “gotcha” than a learning exercise.
Anyone else get this feeling from this project?