Creating an AJAX Web App Using the Bit.ly API

Over the past few years, the web has seen an explosion in the number of URL shorteners. A lot of this growth is due to popular microblogging and social networking sites such as Twitter. With this growth, comes the demand for custom use and the ability for developers to create their own apps to take advantage of the shortening service. Today, we will use Twitter’s url shortener of choice and create an AJAX web app using the bit.ly API and the jQuery library.

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Top 25 iPhone Apps for Designers and Web Developers

Oh the iPhone… The magical device that makes our lives a little easier and a little more fun. What makes the iPhone so great is the applications available for it. In the words of a friend via Twitter, “Dude, there’s an app for that”. Quite literally, the iPhone app store has an application for just about everything.

After recently getting setup on the iPhone, the first thing I did was start searching for the best applications for my day to day work as a designer and web developer.

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Working with Sessions and Cookies in PHP and MYSQL

Security is an essential component for any site to be successful. However, adding security can increase overhead and annoy your users if not done properly. In this tutorial, I will discuss common problems that are encountered when using sessions and cookies.

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A Closer Look at SQL Joins

SQL is by far one of the most popular and powerful languages for dealing with databases, and, to me, one of its greatest (and basic) features is the ability to join tables. Doing so is a necessity for anyone who finds himself working with two or more tables which are interconnected.

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Building a Blog from Scratch with Frog CMS

Here at the ThemeForest blog, we tend to cover a lot of CMS and especially WordPress related material and topics. While WordPress is an absolutely wonderful CMS, there are some other content management systems out there that don’t get the credit they deserve. One worth noting is the Frog CMS, an open source simple content management system. From what I can tell, the greatest thing Frog has going for it is its simplicity. It feels blazingly fast and the way everything is organized is very intuitive. Today, we will take an in depth look at getting started with the Frog CMS, as well as building our own blog from scratch.

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20 Excellent Coda Tips

I’ve been using Coda for a while now, and it’s become my web development application of choice. There are quite a few great web development applications out there (read “18 Wonderful IDEs for Windows, Mac, and Linux“) but if you’re a Mac user, Coda is easily one of the best.

Here are 20 excellent Coda tips to increase productivity that I’ve gathered during my use of Coda so far.

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Rotate Product Listings With PHP and jQuery

Today, I’ll teach you a simple way of rotating content on your site. We’ll be retrieving data from a MySQL database and using a dynamic widget that auto refreshes using AJAX.

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Fun With the PHP GD Library: Part 2

In part one of our “Fun with PHP GD series,” we went over what exactly the GD library is and the basics of using it. We also had a look at some neat tricks and using the built in GD image filters. Today, we are going to dive further into the GD library and take an in depth look at more cool effects we can achieve. Servers up, GD installed, text editor ready, let’s go!

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Tips For Creating High Selling Templates

Creating templates that will sell extremely well is something we all want to do, but it takes time and skill. Luckily, there are some tips we can take from the masters and apply to our own work. Here are some great ways to improve your templates and increase your sales.

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Coda Slider and More With jQuery Tools

When I need to setup tabs, accordions and other website user interface features, I use jQuery UI. That may very well be changing with the introduction of “jQuery Tools, The missing UI library for the Web“. jQuery Tools contains the UI features I use most, including an easy to setup “Coda slider” which jQuery UI doesn’t easily do (as in a few lines of code).

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