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jFancyTile: A jQuery tile shifting image viewer plugin

Previous week, colleague Willem and I were checking out the mosaic slideshow created by Martin. We were both impressed by his example, but wanted to take it to another level. We discussed on how we could add some features and how it should look like. Willem tranformed this idea to Silverlight and I created an easy to use jQuery plugin that does the same.

This jQuery plugin called jFancyTile is a tile shifting image viewer. It allows you to tranform any list with images to a beautiful tile shifting photo presenter.

jFancyTile: A jQuery tile shifting image viewer plugin

Check out the demo to see the plugin live. It's very customizable to fit your own needs. Read the rest of this article to see how this plugin works "under the hood".

Demo jFancyTile   Download jFancyTile

Take note this plugin is pretty CPU intense and works best when a low rowCount and columnCount is used on relatively small images. Experiment and use with caution. The Silverlight version from Willem doesn't have this problem.

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How you can prevent an SQL injection

About the author:
The write up has been done by Joanna who works with WebHostingSearch and has been been part of web industry from quite some time now.

How you can prevent an SQL injection

An SQL Injection (also known as "Failure to Preserve SQL Query Structure") is one of the most common and most dangerous security issues. SQL injections are dangerous because they are a door wide open to hackers to enter your system through your Web interface and to do whatever they please - i.e. delete tables, modify databases, even get hold of your corporate network. SQL injections are a programming error and they have nothing to do with your web site hosting provider. So, if you have been searching for a secure JSP hosting, PHP hosting or any other type of web hosting packages, you need to know that prevention of an SQL injection is not a responsibility of your web site hosting provider but of your web developers.

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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.

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