Roundups & Resources

These posts consist of collections of links, docs, guides, tools, toolkits, libraries, GitHub repos, etc. that are of interest to front-end developers.

A Ridiculously Big List of Design Tools and Resources

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The Ultimate List of Design Tools and ResourcesLately I’ve been working hard on my weekly newsletter Web Tools Weekly, which focuses on tools for front-end developers.

The newsletter was originally supposed to include design-related tools on occasion, then I changed my mind and kept it mostly developer focused. Unfortunately, this left me with a huge list of useful design, color, and typography related tools that I’ve compiled over the last 6 months or so.

So here is everything I’ve compiled, dumped into one big cheesy post for your artificial browsing pleasure. :)

Looking Forward to Reading: Smashing Book #4

Smashing Book #4The team at Smashing Magazine have come a long way. I’m sure many of us remember how they broke ground, paving the way for so many copycat websites. While they still have a place in their hearts for the occasional “round-up” post, they are now focused on publishing the best web design and development related content in the world.

In my opinion, now that they have branched out into print publishing and have drastically improved their review and screening process for authors and articles, I think they have overtaken the previous industry leaders and are now the #1 web development resource in the world. That’s not taking anything away from publishers like A List Apart, SitePoint, or others; those organizations have their niche, and they will continue to be big. But Smashing Magazine has, in my opinion, surpassed them all.

A CSS Book for Beginners

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Jump Start CSS BookThis year I had the pleasure of completing my second book, and the first book that I authored all by myself: Jump Start CSS published by SitePoint.

It’s part of their “Jump Start” series of shorter books that provide an introduction to specific web development and design topics.

SEO for Web Apps (Link Dump)

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SEO for Web AppsIn recent months, I’ve come across a number of links discussing the issue of Search Engine Optmization (SEO) for single page apps or similar complex JavaScript-driven web apps.

This certainly should be a key concern for anyone building these types of projects. So below I’ve compiled two categories of links related to this topic.

jQuery Vertical News Slider

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jQuery Vertical News SliderThe last thing developers need today is another jQuery and/or CSS3 based content slider or carousel. I think the problems with these types of modules have been well documented.

About a year ago, however, I wrote a step-by-step tutorial for Issue #203 of Web Designer Mag that involved creating a “news content switcher”. I’ve been meaning to revisit, tweak, and release the code for that here and so I finally got around to it.

384 Pages of CSS

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CSS E-BooksDue to the prevalence of ad-blockers, ads as a means to support online content is becoming a less effective method with each passing month.

Selling ads on a blog like this one is not easy, and resorting to backfilling missing ad-spots for ugly Google Ads is less than satisfying. I hope I can one day remove all ads from this website and still continue to produce content regularly.

To begin the process of reaching that goal, I’ve put together 3 CSS E-Books in PDF format containing a collection of CSS-based articles that I’ve published here on this website. Below are links to view a description and table of contents for each e-book:

Launching Soon: Web Tools Weekly

Web Tools WeeklyOff and on over the past few months, I’ve been planning and working on a new project that is now ready to launch: Web Tools Weekly, a (you guessed it) weekly email newsletter targeted at front-end developers, with a special focus on tools.

This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a unique idea. As many of us know, there are lots of options in the recent web dev newsletter boom.

My Talk and Slides from jQueryTO

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jQueryTOOn March 2nd and 3rd, I attended and had the privilege of speaking at jQueryTO, Canada’s first ever jQuery conference. It was a really cool experience, and was especially cool because I finally got to meet in person certain developers that I’ve respected from afar for some time, including Darcy Clarke (who organized it), Paul Irish, Addy Osmani, Alex Sexton, and Adam J. Sontag.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile now, then you know that I have little, if any, business speaking at a JavaScript conference. So I tried to keep things fairly simple for myself and proposed a talk where I could focus largely on CSS.

Browsing Twitter Favorites From Talented Developers

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Browsing Twitter Favorites From Talented DevelopersIf you’re like me, then you probably find that your “home” Twitter stream (that is, the tweets of people you follow) is okay, but often contains a lot of noise and not-so-useful info.

What if you were able to see only the tweets that respected web professionals found to be exceptional? Well, you can do that quite easily by viewing a user’s Twitter favorites.