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Links for Advanced JavaScript Reading

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+

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

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 Raphaël.js), but these are some mostly lesser-known scripts that I’ve stumbled across in recent months.

New Section: The CSS Network

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)

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

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.

Parallax Scrolling Scripts and Plugins

Parallax Scrolling Scripts and PluginsParallax scrolling sites have been a pretty hot UX thing of late, being showcased on various blogs. Although the “ooooh! aahhh!”-ness of it all has subsided, I think this type of site is certainly a legitimate design and development option for many brands.

To help you choose a JavaScript or jQuery library or plugin for doing this sort of thing (unless you’re a masochist and want to write one from scratch!), in this post I’ve put together a list of plugins and scripts to choose from.

Responsive Ads Link Dump

Link Dump on Responsive AdsWhether we like it or not, ads on the web (in some form) aren’t going anywhere. And because of the responsive web design movement, more and more discussions are taking place surrounding how to handle ads (especially large ones) at certain breakpoints.

In addition, some developers have suggested new methods for creating ads using HTML and CSS, instead of images. Some have even incorporated animation with CSS3.

Books, Podcasts, and More for Front-End Developers

Some Podcasts and Other Resources for Front-End DevelopersHere’s a short list of some resources that front-end developers might be interested in checking out. A few interesting podcasts here along with some books and a weekly newsletter.

Comment if you know of or have authored any other sources, and I’ll consider them for future posts.