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.

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.

Simple Tools for Front-End Developers

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Front-End ToolsContinuing with the roundup and reading list theme this week, below is a list of tools that might be of interest to front-end developers.

As always, if you have a tool, book, or script you’d like to share, add it to the comments.

Links for Advanced JavaScript Reading

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Links for Advanced JavaScript ReadingDue to the lower traffic holiday week, and the fact that I’m busy with other stuff, this week’s posts will consist of reading lists and roundups.

Today the focus is on some heavier JavaScript stuff. Feel free to add any others in the comments.

Differences Between CSS2.1 and CSS3+

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W3C CSS SpecMost of us know that with the introduction of what we customarily call “CSS3″, there have been changes and additions to CSS, compared to what we had in CSS2.1.

Putting all cross-browser issues aside, I thought it would be nice to be able to document all these changes into a single post and keep it up to date.

So if you want a list of everything that’s been introduced into the CSS spec since CSS2.1, here it is.

Animation Scripts, Libraries and Plugins

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Animation Scripts, Libraries and PluginsRecently, I’ve bookmarked a bunch of animation-related scripts, libraries, and plugins. Although CSS3 has certainly made animation easier for us, sometimes we need a little bit of help.

There are other libraries that are more popular than these (like RaphaĆ«l.js), but these are some mostly lesser-known scripts that I’ve stumbled across in recent months.

New Section: The CSS Network

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New Section: The CSS NetworkIf you’ve followed Smashing Magazine for some time, you know that they at one time had a section of their site called “The Smashing Network” which had a feed of links to articles from various sites in the web development and design blogging industry. That section is now gone, though.

To some extent, I miss the Smashing Network. Not all of the articles in the Smashing Network were of great quality, but I liked that I could scan a few pages of links every couple of days to see what kinds of CSS articles were being published in the Network.

Web Development for Beginners (Resources)

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Web Development for Beginners (Resources)While I usually try to write stuff that’s geared more to experienced developers, I don’t want to neglect those who are just starting out.

I’ve been collecting links to beginners resources for web development for some time now, so I thought I’d share that list here. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Introducing: CSSValues.com

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CSS ValuesThere are quite a few references online for finding detailed info on CSS properties. I find, however, that most of them usually have more than what I’m looking for — and don’t even get me started on the overly-convoluted CSS specs. Truth is, sometimes I just want to know which values are valid for a particular property, and nothing more. So I built a quick-reference site that does just that.

It’s called: CSS Values.