jQuery for Absolute Beginners: Day 4

Consider an unordered list filled with ten or so list-items. In this video, I’ll show you exactly how to individually select each one of them. We’ll be using advanced selectors, including a touch of X-Path.

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Five Plugins for Using WordPress as a CMS

Considering WordPress’s popularity and huge user base as a blog platform, it makes perfect sense that people are pushing and testing its limits. I’ve been seeing creative and new uses for WordPress everywhere. Photo galleries, job posting boards, e-commerce sites. The list goes on and on. Once you learn what WordPress can do, the sky is the limit.

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jQuery for Absolute Beginners: Day 3

Today, we’ll take a look at the animate method, and a few “gotchas” that come along with it. You’ll learn how to shift any element across the screen.

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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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Image Resizing With WordPress

During a recent project of mine, I needed a way to retrieve the first image from each WordPress post in a certain category, and then scale it to a certain size. I could’ve used a Custom Field for this purpose, and have the author paste the link to the image in a box; however I felt this would only confuse my client. Here’s a look at how it was done. (more…)

WordPress 2.7 – An In-Depth Look at the Updates

It doesn’t seem like that long enough that WordPress announced a redesigned admin panel by usability experts Happy Cog. I remember hearing the announcement and being excited to download the beta and try it out. Now, just a few months later, WordPress is at it again with version 2.7 which is now in its second beta release. Its packing massive overhauls, visual and functional.

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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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