The Best Free Texture Packs of 2009 There are a few things that a designer can not have enough of in his or her design arsenal, and one of them is textures. So to continue our “Best of 2009″ series, we’ve selected the best free textures from this past year. Since there were so many textures released in 2009 by so many generous people, it is difficult to choose the best. However, we feel the ones here stand out in quality and usefulness, and will be valuable additions to your texture library. You can also check out the rest of the “Best of 2009″ series at the bottom of this article. Grungy Textures Package – Metal – 9 11 Old and Grungy Film Textures Nebulae Grunge Grungy Textures Ultimate Grunge Pack Vintage Textures Floral Vintage III Vintage Damask Vintage V Vintage IV Wood Textures Wood Panels Textures Grungy Dirty Wood Woodwork Paint Textures Painted textures vol. 12 High-Res Watercolor Textures Textures 05 Paint Splatters Paper Textures Japanese Paper Paper Pack 6 Old sheets of paper About the Author Related Posts 10 shares Read More 42 shares
InstantShift | Web Designers and Developers Daily Resource. Three jQuery-based frameworks for a rich UI | Auto-Magical After spending several months refactoring a large ASP.Net MVC application for performance, I became intimately aware of certain fundamental limitations of the server-side UI approach and began looking into pure client-side UI frameworks as an alternative. Having decided on jQuery as the foundation, I’ve narrowed down the possibilities to three candidates: jQuery UI, Kendo UI and Wijmo. Here are some of my conclusions: Why choose pure-client side? My current development approach is MVC 3 “enriched” with the Telerik Extensions for ASP.Net MVC. Presenting a new alternative to server-side MVC controls, are several client-side UI frameworks. There are three competing HTML5 UI/Ajax UI frameworks I want to mention. jQuery UI: jQuery UI provides a bunch of client-side UI widgets, “interactions” and effects. Pros: From the same team which brought you jQuery. Cons: Key components are not included with the framework, such as Grid, Template, DataSource/DataView, Validation. Telerik Kendo UI:
20+ Demos Showing Advanced jQuery Effects Just a short while ago, Flash was one of the primary technologies used by web designers to add interactivity to a website. Since the introduction of the iPad, with its lack of the Flash Player, there’s an acceleration in the web development world to use alternative technologies to Flash, such as jQuery, Ajax and others. Although Flash is still a very powerful and useful tool, which works great on many cases, several of the effects that web designers are accustomed to creating in Flash, can be just as easily implemented using jQuery. Here are 21 online demos that show the power of jQuery for creating advanced effects and interactivity that can rival Flash. 1. This demo mimics the popular card flip technique which can rotate an element 360 degrees around its own x or y-axis. 2. jQuery Quicksand plugin This is a great plugin for sorting an array of elements/icons on a page with nice fade-in/fade-out and animation effects. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. jQuery Circulate 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 19. 20.
10 Fresh jQuery Plugins and Tutorials | Tutorials The popularity of jQuery continues to grow. This means that we’re seeing it used on more websites these days, and there are more developers coming up with new ways to use it. The great thing about that is many of these developers are sharing what they learn though tutorials and plugins. We’re always on the look out for this new jQuery stuff. Beautiful Background Image Navigation This tutorial will teach you how to create a beautiful navigation that has a background image slide effect. Quovolver Quovolver is a simple extension for jQuery that takes a group of quotes and displays them on your page in an elegant way. Lettering.js Lettering.js is a lightweight, easy to use jQuery plugin for radical Web Typography. imgAreaSelect imgAreaSelect is a plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image. An HTML5 Slideshow w/ Canvas & jQuery This tutorial will help you create a progressively enhanced slideshow with a fancy transitioning effect, which is perfectly functional in older browsers as well.
PHP for Beginners: Building Your First Simple CMS By Jason Lengstorf On January 5, 2009 CMS, php #The Magic of PHP + MySQL It's safe to say that nearly every website that's up-to-date these days is using some form of content management system (CMS). To get our feet wet as back-end developers, we'll be creating a simple PHP class that will: Create a databaseConnect to a databaseDisplay a form with two fieldsSave the form data in the databaseDisplay the saved data from the database Download Files This class is intended to give you a feel for how PHP and MySQL interact together, and to show the basics of a CMS. #Building the Class Our first step is to simply lay out the class in a file named 'simpleCMS.php' so we have a road map to work with. As you can see, we're creating one class with four variables and five methods. #The Variables In this case, all four variables are for connecting to the database: $host, $username, $password, and $table provide a path and access to our database on the server. #Build the Database #Connect to the Database <! <?
Presenteer Introduction Presenteer.js a very flexible HTML5 presentation tool that works in one line of code, but is configurable with constructor options and many callbacks. In its simplest form, it works like And then navigate through the presentation with presentation.start();, presentation.next();, presentation.prev(); and presentation.show(0-based-index); Installation Include jQuery and Presenteer.js (and possibly Sylvester.js, see below) in your page. Create the HTML and style it with CSS Then, on page load, create a Presenteer instances for every presentation on the page. I set followElementTransforms to false to make Presenteer not follow element transforms. And set followElementTransforms: true. Constructor options Apart from the followElementTransforms constructor argument, there's many more options and callbacks. Where canvas is a selector or jQuery element of the canvas on which the presentation is placed. The list of elements on the canvas is specified in the elements argument. Navigation 1.