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Web design and development tutorials, scripts and downloads designed for beginners right through to advanced developers


jQuery growl notification plugin

Last week I signed up Gravity a new site setup by a few guys that used to work at MySpace. As i was using the site I noticed these great little notifications popping up in my browser, Mac users will be familiar with this as they work in the same way as Growl notifications. I thought it was interesting that this technique of displaying live [...]


Ketchup jQuery form validation

I recently had the need for some client side form validation and happened to find the jQuery Ketchup plugin. It’s a simple and flexible plugin that can be modified and styled for your own needs, plugin modifications are encouraged although the ‘out of the box’ code will work just fine for your basic needs. You’ll need [...]


How to create a jQuery category drop down

Every couple of weeks I seem to find myself checking to see if they’re accepting new submissions as I’d like to submit this site. Any how on this occasion I couldn’t help but notice the browse by community section at the top of the page. Clicking the button reveals a section that contains a list of category names. [...]


Pretty CSS3 buttons

I’ve come across quite a few sites that explain how to create flexible CSS3 buttons but i’ve never really spent the time to implement one until i found a great little write up courtesy of the guys over at the Zurb blog who have a fantastic post on creating CSS3 buttons. So i’ve taken their example and tweaked it to fit my [...]


Build a JSON and PHP product gallery

As the title describes we’re going to look at making cross domain ajax requests using JSONP I’m also going to show you how to get data from a MySQL database and encode it into a JSON string which can be parsed using JavaScript. JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation and essentially its a method which allows us to execute cross [...]


Easy PHP Pagination

I’ve had a few pagination scripts over the years but I thought i’d share the one that i’m currently using as it’s a useful script to have in your toolbox. As a developer you’ll soon find a need to paginate data when displaying contents from the database, and rather than use JavaScript which could require all the [...]


jQuery image zoom effect

I recently revamped my portfolio as it was looking dreary and completely uninspiring, I wanted to present my work in a way that was both easy to navigate, easy to maintain and most importantly looked smart and un-cluttered. When I was brainstorming for ideas, I initially thought I would break up my portfolio into categories to make it both [...]


jQuery and PHP inline editing

Inline editing as it’s known, or being able to edit content directly on a page is a great tool have under your belt. I’m going to run through exactly how it works as well as how to POST the updated text content through to a PHP script for server side processing to put in the database. The Code It looks a little complex so i’m [...]


Steps to learning a new programming language

Learning a new programming language can be daunting to say the least. I’ve recently cracked it when it comes to jQuery. I wouldn’t say Im a pro by any stretch of the imagination but I can successfully build applications. It wasn’t an easy ride learning a new syntax, I’m going to run over a few tips and techniques that [...]


Build a MySpace video widget

In this tutorial we’re going to take an RSS feed from the top videos page on MySpace and make a widget to display the latest videos using jQuery pagination, ajax and a spot of PHP to parse the feed. The basic logic of what is going on is simple. We parse an XML file echo all the results, then we use the quick paginate plugin to display [...]