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  • 40 Useful JavaScript Libraries

    March 2nd, 2009 in Developer's Toolbox | 34 Comments

    Popular JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, MooTools, Prototype, Dojo and YUI can be great for accomplishing common JavaScript tasks. These libraries provide many functions, whether the matter is related to events or effects or AJAX. And if one of these libraries can’t do the job, a plug-in probably exists that can.

    Such flexibility is great but sometimes comes with a penalty (the size of JavaScript files being one of them). Although adopting a well-known JavaScript library is usually a wise decision, you may want to perform a task that can be accomplished by a more lightweight library dedicated exclusively to that task or that is not supported by the more popular JavaScript libraries.

    Datejs

    Below, we present 40 stand-alone JavaScript libraries that serve specific purposes. These are not all the ones out there, but every Web designer or developer will find something helpful here.

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  • 50 Twitter Tools and Tutorials For Designers and Developers

    March 2nd, 2009 in Developer's Toolbox | 53 Comments

    Twitter appears on innumerable personal and professional websites nowadays, whether it is a simple "Follow me" badge in the header or a display of the author's latest tweets in the sidebar. No longer a fad, Twitter is now a necessity for every website, not just for sharing your thoughts and keeping in touch with people, but also for marketing, advertising and even searching. But you may be wondering, How can I make Twitter work the way I want on my website?

    Twitter Tools and Resources

    Below, we present Twitter Web Designer and Developer Toolbox, API and Tutorials, a series of tutorials, links, references, libraries and plug-ins that will help you do everything you've always wanted to do with Twitter.

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  • Showcase Of Beautiful Shadow Photography

    March 1st, 2009 in Inspiration | 62 Comments

    Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. While strong use of shadows in color photographs tends to be mostly used in silhouettes, it can also appear in a variety of other forms in color photos as well. In my opinion though, shadows are most powerful when used in black and white photographs.

    Sample

    Below we present a showcase of truly outstanding photos that make strong use of shadows in a variety of ways. All images are linked to the sources where they were found. Please feel free to explore further works of photographers showcased in this post.

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  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: March 2009

    February 27th, 2009 in Graphics | 161 Comments

    Desktop wallpapers can serve as an excellent source of inspiration. However, if you use some specific wallpaper for a long period of time, it becomes harder to draw inspiration out of it. That’s why we have decided to supply you with smashing wallpapers over 12 months.

    And to make them a little bit more distinctive from the usual crowd, we’ve decided to embed calendars for the upcoming month. So if you need to look up some date, isn’t it better to show off a nice wallpaper with a nice calendar instead of launching some default time application?

    Smashing Wallpaper - march 09

    This post features 45 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free.

    Please notice:

    • all images can be clicked and lead to the preview of the wallpaper;
    • you can feature your work in our magazine by taking part in our desktop wallpaper calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

    So which wallpapers have we received for March 2009?

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  • 10 Steps To The Perfect Portfolio Website

    February 26th, 2009 in Design Showcase | 164 Comments

    You may have a personal portfolio website for a number of reasons. If you’re a freelancer, then you'd need one to showcase your work and allow people to contact you. If you’re a student (or unemployed), then you'd need one to show prospective employers how good you are and what you can do, so that they might hire you. If you’re part of a studio, then you might use one to blog about your design life, show people what you’re doing and build your online presence.

    Screenshot

    A personal portfolio website is all about promoting you. You are a brand, and your name is a brand name. No one is going to know about your brand unless you get it out there; and if you’re a Web designer, developer, writer, gamer or any other type of creative, then it’s essential that you have a good portfolio website.

    You may want to take a look at the following related articles:

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  • 10 Useful Tips For Ruby On Rails Developers

    February 25th, 2009 in How-To | 54 Comments

    Rails is an model-view-controller Web framework written in the Ruby programming language. One of its great appeals is being able to quickly crank out CRUD-based Web applications. A big advantage of Rails over other frameworks is that it values convention over configuration. If you follow the correct conventions, you can avoid lengthy configuration of files, and things just work! Therefore, you spend less time writing boring config files and more time focusing on business logic.

    Ruby on Rails logo

    Now, we love Rails. But don’t get us wrong. Like any tool, it’s not the perfect solution to every problem. A lot of the biggest complaints people have about the framework come from using it in situations where something simpler, smaller and more lightweight would do just fine. We love Sinatra for anything with minimal server-side involvement. Merb is another excellent minimal framework. And nothing beats apps that run completely in the browser with JavaScript: they can be deployed nearly for free, can scale almost infinitely and never have to be restarted.

    In the overview below we present 10 useful tips, ideas and resources for Ruby on Rails-developers (both newbies and professionals). Please feel free to share your tips, ideas and suggestions in the comments to this post!

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  • The Smashing Book: Join In!

    February 24th, 2009 in Events | 131 Comments

    No, we're not giving anything away in this post. Instead, we've got some work to do, and we need you to play an important role in it. Our most interesting (and important) project for 2009 is something we are modestly calling "The Smashing Book": a smashingly written, beautifully designed and professionally printed book. It will be created by and for the Web design community. Four key decisions have already been made: the book's title will be "The Smashing Book"; it will be a paperback; the price is fixed, as is the release date, which is early September 2009.

    The Smashing Book

    We want to create a totally unique and exciting book, full of insightful and useful articles; a book that contains only articles that a reader of Smashing Magazine would really want to read. No fluff, no cruft, just hearty meat and potatoes content.

    To achieve this, we need the help of our community: your help. And what could be better than working on this important project together with our readers? If you want to participate in our project, please visit the forum (the registration is required for replies) and help in any of the following ways.

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  • Hardware Giveaway: 5,000 Comments Challenge!

    February 23rd, 2009 in Events | 9,000 Comments

    Update (27/02): we received 9000 comments – we hit the 5,000 mark! And the winners are: 1) graphic card goes to Joshua Lawson (#5533) from Sewell, NJ; 2) the mouse goes to Gareth (#5651) from Cape Town, South Africa; 3) the headphones go to Catalin (#8598) from Bucharest, Romania. Congratulations! All winners have already been contacted.

    If you didn't win, it may make sense for you to subscribe to our RSS-feed, more giveaways are coming! Thank you for participation!

    Why should you get gifts only on Christmas and your birthday? We at Smashing Magazine love to give away things all year long. This time, you have a chance to get some really cool hardware.

    Taking part in this giveaway is easy... well, maybe not that easy. We're keen on seeing a lot of comments and want to see at least 5,000 comments in this post, so spread the word and help us get to 5,000 or more comments and then win one of the smashing prizes below.

    Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2

    The 5,000 comment challenge is important, folks. If we don't reach that goal, then the prizes get torched. Okay, they don't get torched, but the giveaway only kicks in after 5000 comments. It is not a random, unrealistic figure either; we got 3,800 comments in our recent books giveaway.

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