Creating Semantic 2-Column and 3-Column CSS Layouts

by Jake Rocheleau
on December 27, 2012

in Tutorials

Website layouts are not the most difficult part of coding a typical design. But unfortunately there are still not many standards set in stone for creating multiple column-based layouts. These are often put together through various CSS methods, but the most supported designs are using fluid width containers.

In this tutorial I want to look over a series of different CSS column layouts. We can see how to build websites using floats and direct positioning. Most common websites will utilize 2 or 3 columns at most, so that is what we’ll be focusing on. Along with these ideas you should feel comfortable trying out other CSS codes. There are new standards being written so frequently it can be difficult to gauge the best possible solution.

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Single-Page Ajax Portfolio Update Panel with jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau
on November 28, 2012

in Tutorials

Building your own custom portfolio website can be tough. Freelancers are often stuck looking for work and trying to land projects without prior experience to showcase. But if you can put together even a simple gallery of practice works, your potential clients will be a lot more impressed.

In this tutorial I want to explain how we can build a simple portfolio update panel using jQuery. For this demonstration I am using some beautiful illustrations from Nidhi Chanani. You will notice the webpage itself is very bare aside from the effect. This will make it easier to embed a similar page widget into any portfolio layout.

Preview screenshot portfolio jQuery live update panel graphics artwork

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DeviantArt API Instant Search App using Ajax & PHP

by Jake Rocheleau
on October 28, 2012

in Tutorials

The digital art community for DeviantArt is very popular and full of talented artists. Creative designers can publish any of their works to DA and share them to gather feedback and comments from other members. I love the community and have always been interested in digital artwork for online forums – avatars and signature banners.

So in this tutorial I want to explain how we can build a DeviantArt Instant Search app which searches through all the most popular banner signatures ever submitted to the website. You can enter some search terms and the app will pull results to display after you finish typing. This is a really cool application for designers who are looking for inspiration, or even for people who love DeviantArt and want a better way to search.

Preview screenshot DeviantArt Instant Search webapp forum signatures

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28 Beginner’s Tutorials for Learning about MySQL Databases

by Jake Rocheleau
on October 22, 2012

in Tutorials

Developing and programming with databases is a huge step onto a large plateau of information. Nobody starts out with MySQL and masters the software in a week. Not only do you need to learn setting up DBs and tables, but also the SQL language itself.

This rough road was very difficult to traverse maybe 5 or 10 years ago. But there is much more information online today which is generally very helpful. Thus I have scoured through Google and put together 28 of my personal favorite MySQL tutorials for newbies. You can learn all the basics of setting up a database and connecting into your own application. But additionally if you have any questions or comments on the gallery, feel free to share with us in the discussion below.

Pagination SQL Server vs MySQL

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