I'm always on the lookout for exciting ideas and new technologies to broaden my knowledge of web development and design. Each week, I'll be posting links to articles on development, design and other miscellanious information that I find interesting. What follows are the highlights of the links I've recently discovered. I hope you find them as useful as I did.

Design / CSS

Drag & drop CSS3 shadow generator

Visualize and manipulate CSS transition functions

Style Tiles – A visual web design process

Slidr.css – standalone CSS library for sliding checkboxes (no JS needed)

Frontend / JavaScript

Breaking down Amazon’s mega dropdown (jQuery plugin implementing that behavior)

Packery – a better grid layout library

Shadow DOM 101 (how web components work)

Data mining user behaviors in web apps

Backend / General Development

Yes, you can have low coupling in a Symfony SE application!

Multi-part tutorial on Unit Testing with PHPUnit

PHP – How foreach actually works

Currying vs Partial Application

Linux / System Administration

Expired SSL certificate causes Microsoft Azure outages

My First 5 Minutes On A Server; Or, Essential Security for Linux Servers

Zend Optimizer+ is now open-source (will be integrated into PHP 5.5.0)

TCP Traceroute


console.meme – prints memes to your JS console

Ubuntu bug #56125 – apt-get moo doesn’t look like a cow

IT Help Page – free technical support for everything

Star Wars Traceroute


IE10 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

Google and MPEG LA settle up, free VP8 video codec for the world wide web

How to pitch a client without putting them on the defensive

10 valuable Google Analytics custom reports

Koken – CMS for photographers, designers and creative DIYs