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Zend Framework 1.8: Book review and Giveaway

Packt Publishing A while ago, I reviewed the jQuery 1.3 and PHP book. This book is published by Pack Publishing and they asked me to review another book for them. This book, written by Keith Pope, is called Zend Framework 1.8 Web Application Development. As you could have guessed by the title of the book, it shares great information about the Zend PHP Framework. This book was an eye opener for myself too, since I'm a regular user of the CakePHP framework.

I've read the book and wrote a review about it that you can read below. Now, you have a chance to win this 350+ pages thick book and read it yourself!

Zend Framework 1.8 Web Application Development

What you'll learn from this book:

  • Introduction to the MVC pattern and how The Zend Framework implements it
  • Building a fully functional website using the framework
  • How to correctly test your application
  • and much more!

Read the review below and make sure to check out how you can win a hardcopy version of this book. Also, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed or follow me on Twitter to get updates on more future giveaways.

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Offline ways to keep your creative fluids going

"Inspiration can be found everywhere". But what if you're simply empty and have no fuel in your creativity tank left? You can always get stuck at a creativity block, which could have a very big impact.

To prevent this phenomenon from happening to you, I compled a list with 10+ offline ways to keep your creative fluids going to prevent a creativity block.

Be Creative

As you can see by the title of this article, this list aims at the offline ways (by not using your computer) in order to turn your creativity spark into a bursting creative flame. Feel free to share your number one way to keep on being creative! Where do you find your inspiration?

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Pure CSS3 bokeh effect with some jQuery help

Bokeh - In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." (from Wikipedia). I'm pretty sure you've seen this effect before, since there are loads of wallpaper roundups and tutorials using this technique. Currently, one of my favourite wallpapers has to be this bokeh effect from -kol.

Today, I want to add another addition to the bokeh "hype", by creating a pure CSS3 bokeh effect. With some help from jQuery, we can add some randomness in colour, size and position for the effect.

Pure CSS3 bokeh effect

Still don't know what we'll be creating? Make sure to check out the demo and view the source code to learn some more.

Demo Pure CSS3 bokeh effect   Download Pure CSS3 bokeh effect

Sadly, CSS3 and HTML5 aren't the standards (yet) these days (when will it ever be?). Since this demo is using CSS3, not all modern browsers will be able to show off the full effect. Because of this, it only works on Apples Safari and Google Chrome and the latest version of Firefox. So, for now, this is just for fun - until Microsoft comes with a CSS3 supporting Internet Explorer.

The effect looks pretty neat, doesn't it? Check out this tutorial on how you can create it yourself! For those people who use IE, I've added a little video showing the full effect.

Tags:  bokeh css3 jquery tutorial
Alice in Wonderland Fan Art

Although the success of 3d movie "Avatar" seems unstoppable, another movie in 3d is coming to the cinemas soon. With the tagline You've got a very important date, the latest version of "Alice in Wonderland" will be released in theaters in one of the upcoming weeks.

Since the story about Alice is one most people will know from their childhood, loads of fan art is created around it. Because of the upcoming movie, this post is a inspirational roundup with Fan Art about Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland Fan Art

Main source for this inspirational was DeviantART, a great resource to look for inspiration. Now let's get ready to get your design fluids going by checking out Alice Kingsley, The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen, The White Rabbit, The Caterpillar and more.

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Nostalgia: Dragging the Windows XP error dialog

Remember the "good old days" when you were still using Windows XP? If so, I'm pretty sure you remember the loads of error dialogs that would pop up at a totally random time. Although these dialogs always show up at a bad time, you could do something pretty neat with them. Drag the window around and it would duplicate itself over and over!

Sadly, I haven't seen this effect alive in Windows 7, so to keep those memories alive for XP, I re-created the effect using HTML/CSS with jQuery and jQuery UI.

Dragging the Windows XP error dialog

Simply check out the demo to see if you can remember how it would look like. Be creative and fill up the screen with some beautiful error dialogs.

Demo Dragging the Windows XP error dialog   Download Dragging the Windows XP error dialog

I hope you understand that I'm pretty sarcastic; I don't like these kind of error messages that would make your PC crash. Yet, I wanted to give it a try to bring this effect to your browser. Now let's see on how you can create this fantastic effect yourself!

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