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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.


Out of the box, Magento is one of the most powerful ecommerce platforms available. There are many tools available with a base Magento store that make online retail simple for stores all over the world. The added value with this platform is the amount of extensions available to a store owner. Most of these extensions are low in cost and easy to install. Several extensions available for the Magento platform today can drastically alter the shoppers’ buying experience and increase conversions. Below are just a few extensions that will bring an inexpensive boost to your Magento store.

Google Chrome is my favorite browser for frontend development and debugging. The built-in developer tools are fantastic and easy-to-use. But Chrome has some other less-obvious features that can make development a breeze.

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Once again we are witnessing the game change before our eyes. Whether you are a web designer or a web developer, you can't help but get excited when you consider the possibilities of HTML 5. From advanced animations and 3d effects to data presentation and interactive application interfaces, it's no surprise companies like Adobe © are putting heavy focus on developing new concepts and powerful tools to command this new weapon of mass attraction. Will HTML5 Replace FLASH?

When it comes to building a website, there is one file that dictates just about every aspect of the site’s design and layout – the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). Personally, I have learned the hard way that it is very important to create this document the right way to make future edits and adjustments quick and easy. Constantly changing browsers require edits to be made to the CSS file(s) by the designer.

A simple jQuery Slideshow TutorialImage slideshows are a popular method of displaying a larger volume of pictures in websites. Not only do they reduce the amount of page real-estate these photos would use but also if done correctly, can add a wow factor to any site. By making use of the handy Cycle plugin for jQuery, we can easily create a slideshow of our own, complete with previous and next navigation controls. Not a master of Javascript?

Internet Explorer 9 is the latest version of Microsoft's web browser. Although it's not expected to be released to the public until 2011, developers may download a preview version for beta testing. They are looking to make a huge number of improvements to the browser (compared to previous versions), which we're really excited about.

1. Minimum Width for a Page (Using Expressions)

A very handy CSS command that exists is the min-width command, whereby you can specify a minimum width for any element. This can be particularly useful for specifying a minimum width for a page.

Unfortunately, IE doesn't understand this command, so we'll need to come up with a new way of making this functionality work in this browser. First, we'll insert a DIV under the BODY tag, as we can't assign a minimum width to the BODY: