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Selected Wallpapers: For Desktop & Web-Design

Creative wallpapers can serve as a nice source of inspiration. Particularly if you are having another creativity block, but don't really have enough time to take a walk or browse through Flickr pools. However, it isn't easy to find some really nice wallpapers - the choise is too big, and there are simply too many sources.

Over the last few days we've searched for the best posters, wallpapers, galleries and background images on the Web and collected them in an overview below. Especially Mac-Users will find some nice sources. Feel free to suggest further resources in the comments section.

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More Symbols, Buttons and Icons For Free

We continue to collect best freeware and stock symbols, buttons and icons. Here are few sets we've stumbled upon over the last few weeks.

IconCool collects Icons for Windows XP. There are 16 icon sets, which can be downloaded for free. Most of them include original icons from Microsoft.

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AJAX, DHTML and JavaScript Libraries

Ajax, DHTML and JavaScript components are important in the era of Web 2.0. Recent Web-applications tend to use them to provide more interactivity and guarantee better functionality. But what Javascript libraries can be used for a new web-project? What functions, effects and useful techniques are actually provided by them? We deliver answers.

The result is an extensive list with over 60 Ajax, Javascript and DHTML Libraries - with detailed description. Links checked on May/07 2008 - screenshots added.

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Online Generators

One can discuss whether web-generators are useful or not. On the one hand, they don't challenge our creativity, but on the other hand they make our life easier and save our precious time. However, it doesn't matter really. What matters is that we use them if we have to solve some problem quickly and efficiently. We've taken a look at the most useful online-generators for web-development and listed them below. Links checked: May/10 2008 - screenshots added.

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Design Patterns: Download Buttons

In the era of Web 2.0 download-buttons are becoming more and more important. Grey and simple few years ago, now they've become bigger, more colourful and come in dozens of variations. As the name says, download buttons are supposed to motivate visitors to use, or at least try the product which is offered on the site. Consequently, also visual appearance of download buttons has changed.

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Cheat Sheet Round-Up: Ajax, CSS, LaTeX, Ruby…

Whether you’ve forgotten the name of a function or the property of a cascading style sheet - handy cheat sheets deliver the information you are looking for - immediately. Most cheat sheets are available as .pdf or .png-files, so you can print them and use them every day for whatever projects you’re currently working on. We present an extensive overview of useful cheat sheets we’ve found in the Web. Links checked: May/16 2008.

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CSS: Techniques, Tutorials, Layouts

Since web-development is a quite dynamic field nowadays, new techniques are being developed and updated all the time. A primary example are CSS-related techniques, which emerge almost every day and offer more possibilities for fellows web-developers. We keep an eye on the recent developments and collect new ideas and methods for our readers. A "fresh" round-up of the "fresh" CSS techniques, tutorials and layouts. Links checked: May/17 2008.

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