I am more than a novice and on my first project I have already encountered a problem. It seems that in following directions when I create a nurbs sphere I do not get any data in the nurbs sphere shape channel box. What gives? I am sure that all on this site can answer this problem and I apologize for the simple question.
Look for a button on your toolbar that looks like a little scroll. If there's a red X through it, that means history is turned off. Click it to turn it on, and when you create a sphere, you'll also get a makeSphere node which is probably what you're looking for.