jQuery for Absolute Beginners: Day 2

Continuing from yesterday, today we’ll take a look at the “fadeIn”, “slideDown”, and “show” methods. We’ll also examine jQuery’s “css” abilities.

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“jQuery for Absolute Beginners” Video Series

So everywhere you look, you see “jQuery this” and “jQuery that”. For the last year or so, this library has been the darling of the Javascript world. But do you feel that you just can’t seem to learn the dang thing? Do you hate how the existing tutorials assume that you know WAY more than you actually do? If this rings true for you, I can help.

Starting today, I’m launching a daily video series that will teach you PRECISELY how to use the jQuery library in your own projects. We’ll start out by downloading the framework, creating our first function, examining syntax, and more. Every day, I’ll post a five-ten minute “training regimen” that expands on what you’ve already learned. So there’s no reason to fight it anymore! Learn this dang thing and start earning more money on ThemeForest.net with your new-found skills.

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The Web Development Pet Peeves of Twitter Users

A couple of months ago, I asked my Twitter buddies what their web development pet peeves were. Here are the results.

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Links of Note

Master your craft

Like many others, I spend about an hour a day sorting through my RSS feeds, I’ll post links to the articles that I found to be especially helpful when it comes to creating templates. Feel free to include yours in the comments section.

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Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save You Hours

Web developers are lazy people in some ways. I’m perfectly willing to spend hours and hours learning a new programming language. But God forbid that I have to raise my hand and touch the mouse. I can’t think of many worse things! Today, I’ll show you a few of my most-used keyboard shortcuts when working in Firefox. (*Note – many of these will work in other browsers as well.) Have any of your own? Leave a comment and let us know!

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The Most Usable Web Icons Available…and FREE

Unless you’re an uber-icon designer, you probably find yourself searching the web for pretty icons for your templates. The only problem is that the web is littered with icons that no developer could ever use – like Pixar characters. They’re adorable, but utterly useless. Consequently, I’ve compiled a list of the ten (well actually nine) most usable web icons. Did I mention that they’re absolutely free?!

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How to Create a Contact Form Using PHP and AJAX

I noticed a thread on the forums that discussed exactly how to implement a working contact form into a site template. So I thought to myself, “What better way to demonstrate the process than with a screencast!”

The code that you’ll find here is 100% yours to use in any way, shape, or form. Feel free to use it as it is, or or edit the code to your heart’s content. As long as you use it to make your ThemeForest templates better, I’ll be happy.

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WordPress Gets a New Admin Panel

Last week, the WordPress blog posted the first screenshots of the new admin section that will be shipping with WordPress 2.7. Though many have scorned the layout as being too different, too soon, the majority of the community has welcomed the changes with open arms.

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Links of Note

Master your craft

Like many others, I spend about thirty minutes a day reading over my RSS feeds. Every Friday (Saturday for some of you), I’ll post links to the articles that I found to be especially helpful when it comes to creating templates. Feel free to include yours in the comments section.

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Help File Template

Some of you have expressed some confusion with what exactly should be included in the help files that you create for your themes. To ease concerns, I’ve created a sample text file that you can download and use as a template.

The template includes some general text to serve as an example. You’ll be expected, if you choose to work off of this template, to expand upon the sections listed with the appropriate information. If you have any unique features in your particular theme, be sure to touch on those subjects.

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