Around the web – various useful resources and links

I’m the type of person that tends to bookmark like crazy. To the point that my bookmarks is basically just a collection of every website on the internet. So when I come across a site that I really want to remember, I simply drag an icon to my desktop and have them horizontally aligned across the bottom of my second monitor.  However, that list of icons is starting to grow.  So I figured I would create a post whenever I clean up that stack of icons and share with the world!

Here they are in no particular order:

ASP.NET related:

  • ASP.Net MVC 1.0 Release Candidate Announcement & Details
  • CSS Friendly Control Adapters – The CSS Friendly Control Adapters kit (for ASP.Net 2.0) provides pre-built control adapters that you can easily use to generate CSS-friendly markup from some of the more commonly used ASP.NET controls. (Basically takes the tables based gridview and significantly improves/cleans it.)
  • RegEx to constrain input in ASP.NET – This How To shows how you can use regular expressions within ASP.NET applications to constrain untrusted input. Regular expressions are a good way to validate text fields such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and other user information.

jQuery related:

  • jQuery Scrollable – fancy scrolling html slideshows and “browsing”.
  • ThickBox – ThickBox is a webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of thejQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal.
  • s3Slider jQuery plugin – Slideshow feature that scrolls text in with a number of different options and features.
  • jScrollPane – jScrollPane is a jquery plugin which allows you to replace the browsers default vertical scrollbars on any block level element with an overflow:auto style. You can easily control the appearance of the custom scrollbars using simple CSS.
  • jQuery Simple Drop-Down Menu Plugin – A simple drop-down menu. The peculiarity of this menu is that these 20 lines of code and absence of various cumbersome mouse events within html code.

Miscellaneous:

  • CSS3.info – Everything you need to know about CSS3.  Period.
  • CKFinder – CKFinder is a powerful and easy to use Ajax file manager for web browsers.  Great integration with FCKEditor – a WYSIWYG textarea editor that works wonders for custom CMS tools.
  • Uni-Form – Uni-Form is an attempt to standardize form markup (xhtml) and css, “modularize” it, so even people with only basic knowledge of these technologies can get nice looking, well structured, highly customizable, semantic, accessible and usable forms.
  • sIFR 3 – sIFR, in a nutshell, allows you to use custom fonts embedded within a flash object, without messing around with flash.  It basically allows you to do all sorts of fancy things with fonts and effects in your HTML page, while sticking with standards based accessible XHTML.
  • Admin Skins – ThemeForest – great collection of skins for web based administration sites.  Great inspiration for your next CMS!
  • WebCreme – another random “inspiration” site – a collection of well designed websites to inspire your next design.

Btw, another great tool for “putting things off” and saving a site to read later is the Read It Later plugin for Firefox.  It syncs on the web so whichever machine you have the plug-in installed (and configured) you can have a collection of sites that you’ve marked that you would like to read later.

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