jCoverflip: jQuery Content Slider Plugin

jCoverFlip is jQuery plugin that allow us to showcase both images and content associated with an item for easily creating coverflow-like interfaces, This plugin has been developed to enable fast and granular customization of the look and feel and feature set. jCoverFlip support for Drag or click functionality to showcase featured content items on demand by the user.

Home: http://www.jcoverflip.com/
Demo: http://www.jcoverflip.com/demo
Download: http://www.jcoverflip.com/download

RssLounge: Free RSS Feed Reader Script

Rsslounge is an open source web-based RSS feed reader application that is built with PHP-MySQL. It allows you to organize and read your RSS feeds and updates from online services like Twitter, Del.ico.us or YouTube in a central message center. The application makes switching feed readers so easy with the OPML export/import functionality.

It can be considered as a Google Reader clone script, but it has a few features that sets it different from Google reader:

You can download the script and install it on your own server.  This will be an excellent piece of script that companies might want to roll on their intranet. They can capture RSS items from different sources and share with the rest of the company. With RSSLounge’s open plugin system, you can add more datasources other than RSS feed.

Home: http://rsslounge.aditu.de/
Demo: http://rsslounge.aditu.de/demo/
Download: http://rsslounge.aditu.de/index/download

10 Things Every Good Web Developer Should Know

Here’s a checklist of 10 skills that are some of the most important for good web developers to have.

1. Regular expressions

Regular expressions are used to parse strings, basically to find and replace bits of text. While this may seem trivial, the versatility of regex makes it quite powerful. There are a wide variety of methods for optimizing a regex string, which can mean huge performance differences for your app.

Regular expressions can be used with just about any language, they work great with Javascript’s replace() and PHP’s preg_replace() to name a few. They are also great for Apache rewrites.

2. Basic SEO

A knowledge of basic SEO is essential for any good web developer. While you can leave keyword research to your clients, a developer should have sound strategies for targeting those keywords on the page. This means clean markup and good use of <title>, <meta>, <h1> and <h2> tags on the front-end, as well as solid link and directory structure organization on the back-end.
The best resources I’ve found for learning SEO are the Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Ranking Factors v2, both from SEOmoz.

3. A good Javascript library

Even if you don’t write much Javascript, knowing a good Javascript language can make that little bit so much easier. Whether it’s jQuery (my personal favorite), Mootools, or whatever, learning a Javascript library will cut your Javascript dev time in half. First, these libraries take the cross-browser guess-work out of Javascript programming so you can stop feature checking and start animating. Additionally, they provide a ton of easy animation options and make selecting nodes in the DOM a piece of cake.

More adventurous Javascripters might even want to tackle a Javascript UI language. There are plugins for the libraries above, but I’d recommend Dojo with Dijit.

4. Cross-browser debugging

In order to reach as many viewers as possible, your websites need to work in all the major browsers (IE6, IE7, IE8, FF2, FF3, Safari 4, Opera 9). Everyone hates cross-browser debugging, but the better you get the less you’ll have to do it.

5. Image processing and optimization

Although most developers rely on professional designers for design assets, it is just as important for devs to know their way around Photoshop. A strong knowledge of image processing not only allows you to make quick changes to comps without bouncing them back to the designer, it also helps you to understand what is possible when asking for design changes.

One Photoshop skill that is particularly important for webdevs is image optimization. Image file sizes are probably the largest threat to bandwidth and optimizing images can make or break a site’s load time. Photoshop and Illustrator’s “Save for Web” option makes image optimization a lot easier: simply press Ctrl-Alt-Shift-S on PC or Command-Alt-Shift-S on Mac to access this wizard.

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5 Website For Free Magento Themes

1. EversonStore
This is a simple, clean and elegant Magento theme, suitable for many kinds of web stores / industries. Everson is definitely one of the best looking free themes around.

2. Shop Online
A very slim and modern looking theme from Web-Experiment.

3. Local Store
Also from Web-Experiment, this theme suits a glam, fashion sort of shop, but could no doubt be repurposed for a variety of other uses.

4. Magento Core – Modern Theme
Magento’s core theme is a great building block for customizing your own themes.

5. mCommerce – iPhone Optimized Theme
An iPhone optimized theme to the Magento default interface.

jCoverFlip – Customizable jQuery Feature Content Plugin

jCoverFlip is jQuery plugin that allow us  to showcase both images and content associated with an item. This plugin has been developed to enable fast and granular customization of the look and feel and feature set. jCoverFlip support for Drag or click functionality to showcase featured content items on demand by the user. The content can be browsed by  clicking on any of the items or using a slider.

If using jCoverflip with Drupal, the node queue module may be used to tie content items to jCoverflip. The default installation uses a clean style that can be updated with ease.  All aspects of jCoverflip are customizable through the API, including:

  • Colors.
  • Fonts and Styles.
  • Animation speed.
  • Number of items included in jCoverflip.

Requirement: jQuery,jQuery UI
Demo: http://www.jcoverflip.com/demo

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