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Giveaway - $40 book vouchers from ShopHTML

Books are a great resource to have. They provide loads of useful information and especially when learning a new things, reading a (hardcopy) book can be really great. Absar from ShopHTML knows that too and has decided to give away $40 book vouchers for two lucky readers from this site.

ShopHTML Book Voucher

You can use this voucher to buy any (web)design related book that you want. Go crazy with subjects like ASP.NET, Silverlight, Flash, CSS, jQuery, PHP, WordPress, Joomla!, xHTML, SEO etc. Our sponsor ShopHTML is specialized in many of these subjects. Also, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed or follow me on Twitter to get updates on more future giveaways.

Read the details below on how you can win one of the two $40 book vouchers that you can spend on Amazon.


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Wicked CSS3 3d bar chart

More and more CSS3 articles are popping up on Marcofolio and all across the web. Although CSS3 is just future talk (since not all browsers support it yet), it's pretty cool to get a sneak peak on what the future will hold for us.

While browsing the web, I came across a pretty cool 3d bar chart created with Flash. I was wondering if I could recreate the same neat effect using pure CSS3 and started working on this wicked CSS3 3d bar chart. Check out the example to see that (almost) no images were used to create this wicked effect.

CSS3 bar chart

The only images that are used in this example, were taken from the Superpack icon pack and only show the Apple icons. Everything else you see in this demo, is created using pure CSS3.

Demo CSS3 3d bar chart   Download CSS3 3d bar chart

This example only works in the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. Since Internet Explorer still doesn't fully support CSS3, this example looks a bit weird in IE. So, for now, this is just another sneak peak into the future. Let's check out how you can create this!


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WordPress and Flash 10x: Book review and Giveaway

Packt Publishing After the jQuery 1.3 and PHP, Zend Framework 1.8 and WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce book reviews and giveaways (all books from Packt Publishing), I'm reviewing another book today. This time, the book has been written by Peter Spannagle and Sarah Soward and is called WordPress and Flash 10x Cookbook.

As you might expect from reading the title, this book covers some great ways on how to combine WordPress with Flash. For me, it was a very interesting read, since I'm still pretty new to WordPress, but especially since I prefer HTML5/CSS3/jQuery above Flash. Still, I wanted to give this book a go since I really liked reading the other books from Packt.

WordPress and Flash 10x

I've read the book and wrote a review about it that you can read below. Now, you have a chance to win this 250+ pages thick book and read it yourself!

What you'll learn from this book:

  • How to make your WordPress blog or website stand out with Flash
  • Build your own .swf files using various plugins
  • Develop your own Flash audio player using audio and podcasting plugins
  • 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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3 year anniversary of Marcofolio.net

Not one, not two, but Marcofolio.net is turning 3 years old today! Time goes so fast when you're having so much fun, doesn't it? And I'm still writing high quality content with pleasure, still exploring more and more possibilities of the web every day.

Marcofolio.net turns three

I believe the quality of the articles have gained a lot, especially compared to the first year. I wanted to push out a redesign before the blog turned three, but because of the lack if time, you'll have to wait a while. But stay tuned, I hope to get it up and running as fast as possible.

I hope to see you sticking around here and enjoy your stay on this website as much as I do writing it. Stay tuned for more high quality articles, jQuery tutorials, inspirational articles, CSS(3) proof of concepts and much, much more!


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jQuery quickie: Colourful rating system with CSS3

Today, we're going to do a relatively simple jQuery tutorial. Rating systems are used a lot on websites, for example to rate how good a certain product, article or comment is. I slightly wanted to improve this idea, by making it more visually attractive.

By using the jQuery Color plugin, we can animate colours. Simply use the animate() function from jQuery to have colours fade to another colour. When using this technique, combined with some CSS3 feautures (rounded corners and drop shadow), we can create a Colourful rating system.

Colourful rating system with CSS3

As usual, since CSS3 isn't supported (yet) by every browser, the demo page only fully works on those browsers that support it (Firefox, Safari and Chrome). Other browsers will not see the circles, but will see colourful blocks that can be used as a rating system.

Demo Colourful rating system with CSS3   Download Colourful rating system with CSS3

Should I do more jQuery "basic"/quickies in the future? Simply let me know and I'll do that! For now, let's see how you can create your own colourful rating system with jQuery and CSS3.


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