WebDev Resources

Sites to use for reference:

  • Html5 Boilerplate – I can’t say enough good things about this.  Its meant as a starting point for html5 websites, but for me, it works best as a collection of best practices, with excellent external links discussing the use of different techniques, etc…  I can easily spend whole days just clicking around here and learning new things.  I don’t always use this for new web projects, and when I do, I remove a whole lot of stuff I don’t use.
  • Stack Overflow - the best programming  Q&A site (includes css/html too) there is.
  • Mozilla Deleloper Network (MDN) – I don’t generally go here directly, but prepend my google search queries with mdn when looking up html/css/javascript documentation.  Much better than W3Schools.
  • Web Developer’s Handbook - I just discovered this large list of web development resources.  It looks like it may be a couple years old, but still some good stuff there

Free Online books:

  • Html Clinic – The Zen of Web – A really good short intro to html and web site development.
  • Dive Into Html5 – Beautiful and informative free online book about Html5 for web developers (not really for beginners)
  • Eloquent JavaScript - Excellent book (free online)  ”providing an introduction to the JavaScript programming language and programming in general.”  The online (html) version has some really cool interactivity, but in general this is a good book for the fact that it is well written and respected in the JS community.
  • Essential JavaScript Design Patterns For Beginners, Volume 1. – (Addy Osmani) – an excellent free Open-sourced short book

Short(ish) tutorials, articles, and other interesting stuff:

Useful Tools:

  • [bookmarklet] Fount - This is a handy bookmarklet which identifys fonts on the web.  Its handy.
  • [bookmarklet] jQuerify – Another useful bookmarklet which loads jQuery onto any page, or, if its already loaded, tells you the version.
  • [bookmarklet] Colour Bookmark - This bookmarklet displays all the colors found in a websites stylesheet.

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