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The Best Tutorials and Freebies of 2008

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It's hard to believe that 2008 has already come and gone. However, the year was not without some fantastic articles, tutorials, tips, and freebies spread throughout the Internet. Today, we will take some time to reflect on the most outstanding development related articles of 2008. So hurry up and review these before the Langoliers get them!


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    10 Usability Tips for Web Designers.

    While were on the topic of user interface design, The Web

    Designer Depot presents an article containing tips to keep in mind when designing a website.

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    Excellent AJAX Effects.

    Glen Stansberry brings us a round up of 20 great AJAX effects, techniques, and

    resources to use in your projects and websites.

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    Blurry Background


    Chris Coyier of shared a creative use of the backgrond-attatchment property in

    order to achieve a unique design result.

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    Converting a Design

    from PSD to HTML.

    Jeffrey, the site manager of NETTUTS and ThemeForest, recorded an excellent and very

    popular screencast and article on how to convert a design from a psd file to a/an html web page.

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    Web Design Week!

    For as long as I can remember we've gotten requests for more web design posts here on PSDTUTS. Well web design fans, it's your lucky day because all this week we'll be bringing you articles and tutorials on just that topic.

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    10 Principles of the UI Masters.

    NETTUTS interviewed 10 UI masters on what principles they use

    when working on a project or design. The result was an excellent article great for any web/UI designer.

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    Golden Ratio in Modern CSS.

    A very interesting look at a mathematic approach to web design and

    css, using 62%/38% analogies.

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    Using Absolute

    Positioning to Create Equal Columns.

    Jeffrey shows us how to use absolute positioning instead of

    faux columns to achieve 2 or more columns of equal length, regardless of the amount of content.

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    Compilation of Wordpress Code.

    WPHacks collected a gigantic list of wordpress codes and "hacks" and

    put them all on one web page for your bookmarking convenience.

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    Cross Browser

    CSS Fixes, Tools, and Hacks .

    A long and well explained list of so common and not so common web

    browser hacks to achieve compatibility.

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    The Top 7

    Fonts used by Professional in Graphic Design.

    Designer Jacob Cass displays a list of the top 7 fonts

    use in graphic design. Sure to be helpful to anyone looking for some typography guidance.



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    How to Get Cross Browser Compatibility Every Time.

    A more

    in depth look at the cause and effect of browser bugs (mainly IE specific) and how you can go about fixing these


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    Happened to UI Consistency?

    One of my all time favorite Internet heroes, Jeff Atwood makes some

    excellent points in his article pointing out the importance of consistency with UI design.

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    Creating Custom Write Panels in Wordpress.

    The guys at WeFunction always produce quality

    tutorials, so its no surprise that their recent tutorial on creating custom write panels in wordpress was a very popular


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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. "

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    Visual jQuery.

    I'm not sure if this existed before 2008, and if it did please forgive me. However, I think you'll agree that visual jQuery is one of the most helpful and quick go to guides for jQuery documentation.

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    Extending jQuery’s Selector Capabilities

    "I’m sure you all know that it’s possible to create plugins and extend various aspects of the jQuery JavaScript library but did you know you could also extend the capabilities of it’s selector engine?"

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    15 Resources

    to Get You Started With jQuery From Scratch.

    This article is more than just a list of resources,

    it's a complete walkthrough and introduction into the jQuery framework.



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    Excellent Tips to Improve your jQuery Skills.

    A collection of 25 excellent and thorough tips to

    improve your jQuery skills and abilities.

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    jQuery Link


    David Walsh showed us an extremely simple jQuery script to give links a nice 'nudge'

    animation. This effect is now being used on many popular websites, such as

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    10 Essential

    Principles of the Javascript Masters.

    Take advantage of this excellent article and series of

    interviews and learn from the Javascript experts.

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    A Lesson in

    Accessibility and Progressive Enhancement.

    An excellent and in-depth view on how to make sure your web

    pages degrade gracefully in the case that Javascript is disabled.

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    Tutorial for Designers.

    WebDesignerWall always seems to deliver quality content and this article is no

    exception. Step by step, this tutorial aimed at web designers teaches you many popular jQuery practices.

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    The jSkinny on jQuery.

    A fun and practical look at the ever popular Javascript framework that is


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    Developing a jQuery Plugin.

    Another one of my Internet heroes (I have a list), Jonathan Snook

    gives us an excellent article on how to develop your own jQuery plugin.

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That will do it for now, please add your favorite links and tutorials of

2008 in the comments section below. I also would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2009!

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