Ten Important skills, developers will need in the next five years

1: One of the ?Big Three? (.NET, Java, PHP)

Unless there is a radical shift in the development world (akin to an asteroid hitting Redmond), most developers will need to know at least one of the Big Three development systems ? .NET (VB.NET or C#), Java, or PHP ? for the near future. It?s not enough to know the core languages, either. As projects encompass more and more disparate functionality, you?ll need to know the associated frameworks and libraries more deeply.

2: Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)

Love it or hate it, in the last few years, Flash is suddenly being used for more than just animations of politicians singing goofy songs. Flash has also sprouted additional functionality in the form or Flex and AIR. Flash?s competitors, such as JavaFx and Silverlight, are also upping the ante on features and performance. To make things even more complicated, HTML 5 is incorporating all sorts of RIA functionality, including database connectivity, and putting the formal W3C stamp on AJAX. In the near future, being an RIA pro will be a key resume differentiator. Continue reading

25 Photoshop Tutorials for Creating that Perfect Web Page Design

All of these tutorials cover the process of designing a modern and highend web page within Adobe Photoshop, as with any great web design it is initially designed with a graphic editor, beginning with a blank canvas building up towards the complete page.
Below you will find 25 Photoshop Tutorials for Creating that Perfect Web Page Design
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Sliding Boxes and Captions with jQuery


The Basic Idea

All of these sliding box animations work on the same basic idea. There is a div tag (.boxgrid in my css) that essentially acts as a window where two other items of your choosing ?peek? through.

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From this basic idea we can play around with animations of the sliding element to either show or cover up the viewing area, thus creating the sliding effect. Continue reading

15 Online Financial Tools for Freelance Designers

1. XE Currency Converter

Many freelancers work with clients in various parts of the world. If this is the case for you, currency conversion may be an issue at times. XE is an easy-to-use tool that will show you the current conversion rate. Simply enter the amount, the currency you?re converting from, and the currency you?re converting to and it will show you an up-to-date calculation. Because exchange rates fluctuate so much, it?s a good idea to have a resource like this handy for times when you need to send out a quote or bill a client. Calculating the currency conversion is free with XE.


2. FreshBooks

FreshBooks in one of the most popular options for online invoicing, but it offers much more than just this. In addition to invoicing and invoice tracking, FreshBooks can be used to create and send estimates/quotes, track how your time is being spent, track expenses and track clients. FreshBooks offers a limited free version as well as other options that range from $14 to $149 per month. With the free version you can manage 3 clients (unlimited invoices), and that number goes up with each plan.


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