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map and grep are two utilities that are extremely useful if you know how to use them, but more often that not, I see more convoluted code written to achieve the effect of these functions. Historically, I believe that John Resig was inspired by the Perl functions of the same name - which are basic building blocks of the Perl programming language. Le…
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Jonathan Diba writes to ask how the effects are achieve on Tim Van Damme's portfolio site, referring to Tim's site as one of the most compelling site design he's seen. The two key effects Tim is using are a simplified accordion and a hover effect. It's worth noting that the hover effect only works in WebKit (Safari & Chrome), but I'll show you how …
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A few years ago Digg released a very cool little visualisation tool they dubbed the Digg Spy (it's since been upgraded to the Big Spy). Recently Realmac Software released the site QuickSnapper to accompany LittleSnapper. It's the QuickSnapper site (the left hand side) that makes use of the similar spy technique that I'll explain how to produce.…
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Making use of the overflow and scrollLeft DOM property to scroll elements is a much more effective use of the CPU, over animating using CSS top/left. So this episode of J4D demonstrates the same effect used in two completely different ways. The second was a request from Trevor Morris who's involved with/runs Geek in the Park. He asked whether the t…
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jQuery has got good base level support for effects out of the box. Setting them up and using them to reveal and hide elements is exceptionally easy. However, on more than one occasion I've found that after creating a sliding effect, the animation jumps on completion. Having found the cause, I thought it only fair to share and explain why it's happe…
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Coda is one of the new web development tools for the Mac - and it's popular amongst designers and developers I know. Panic (the developers of Coda) are also known for their sharp design. In particular, Jorge Mesa writes to ask how to re-create their 'puff' popup bubble shown when you mouse over the download image. In essence the effect is just a si…
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