Mega Collection Of Cheatsheets for Designers & Developers

Mega Collection Of Cheatsheets for Designers & Developers

Cheatsheets and various quick reference guides are available for almost any type of software and language these days. Unfortunately they’re not always easy to find when you actually need them. This is why I decided to take some time to gather up as many as possible and share them with you here!

Hopefully this can be a timesaver for you, along with teaching you a new trick or two. The resources have been divided into various categories to make them easier to find. Below are more than 100 cheat sheets and reference cards for the following topics:

CSS

CSS3 Cheat Sheet ↓

CSS3 Cheat Sheet

CSS2 Visual Cheat Sheet ↓

CSS2 Visual Cheat Sheet

CSS Cheat Sheet (V2) ↓

CSS Cheat Sheet

Css Property Index ↓

Css Property Index

BluePrint CSS ↓

CSS BluePrint

HTML

HTML 5 Cheat Sheet ↓

HTML 5 Cheat Sheet

HTML5 Canvas Cheat Sheet ↓

HTML5 Canvas Cheat Sheet

HTML5 Glossary ↓

HTML5 Glossary

HTML Character Entities Cheat Sheet ↓

HTML Character Entities Cheat Sheet

Color Codes Matching Chart HTML (Convert CMYK, RGB Hex) ↓

Color Codes Matching Chart HTML

Javascript

JavaScript Cheat Sheet ↓

JavaScript Cheat Sheet

Javascript DOM ↓

Javascript DOM

JavaScript Reference Card ↓

JavaScript Reference Card

jQuery 1.4 API Cheat Sheet ↓

jQuery 1.4 API Cheat Sheet

jQuery selectors ↓

jQuery selectors

jQuery 1.3.2 ↓

jQuery 1.3.2

jQuery 1.3 ↓

jQuery 1.3

jQuery 1.2 ↓

jQuery 1.2

Mootools 1.2 Cheat Sheet ↓

Mootools 1.2 Cheat Sheet

Prototype Cheat Sheet ↓

Prototype Cheat Sheet

PHP

PHP & MySQL for dummies ↓

PHP & MySQL for dummies

PHP 5 Online Cheat Sheet v1.3 ↓

PHP 5 Online Cheat Sheet v1.3

PHP5 Cheat sheet ↓

PHP5 Cheat sheet

PHP Manual Quick Reference ↓

PHP Manual Quick Reference

Printable PHP Security Checklist ↓

Printable PHP Security Checklist

PHP Functions to work with MySQL ↓

PHP Functions to work with MySQL

MySQL

MySQL Cheat Sheet ↓

MySQL Cheat Sheet

Handy Cheat Sheet of MySQL Commands ↓

Handy Cheat Sheet of MySQL Commands

Color/Fonts/SEO

HTML Colors Cheat Sheet ↓

HTML Colors Cheat Sheet

RGB Hex Colour Chart ↓

RGB Hex Colour Chart

Web Safe Color Chart ↓

Web Safe Color Chart

The Browser-Safe Colors ↓

The Browser-Safe Colors

Megapixels Chart (and print size) ↓

Megapixels Chart (and print size)

Points to pixels conversion ↓

Points to pixels conversion

Web Safe Fonts v2 (including Google API) ↓

Web Safe Fonts v2 (including Google API)

25-point Website Usability Checklist ↓

25-point Website Usability Checklist

Webdesign for dummies ↓

Webdesign for dummies

The Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet ↓

The Web Developer's SEO Cheat Sheet

SEO for dummies ↓

SEO for dummies

Will the browser apply the rule(s)? ↓

Will the browser apply the rule(s)

When can I use? Compatibility tables (html5, css3 + +) ↓

When can I use? Compatibility tables (html5, css3 + +)

CMS

WordPress Help Sheet ↓

WordPress Help Sheet

The Advanced WordPress Help Sheet ↓

The Advanced WordPress Help Sheet

WordPress Theme Development Checklist ↓

WordPress Theme Development Checklist

WordPress Template Tags ↓

WordPress Template Tags

WordPress Optimization Cheat Sheet ↓

WordPress Optimization Cheat Sheet

SEO for WordPress ↓

SEO for WordPress

Drupal 7: The database ↓

Drupal 7: The database

Drupal 6 API Cheat Sheet ↓

Drupal 6 API Cheat Sheet

Drupal for dummies ↓

Drupal for dummies

Joomla 1.5 Basic Template Cheat Sheet ↓

Joomla 1.5  Basic Template Cheat Sheet

Joomla for dummies ↓

Joomla for dummies

Softwares

ActionScript 3.0 ↓

ActionScript 3.0

Adobe Flex3 ↓

Adobe Flex3

Adobe Air Cheat Sheet ↓

Adobe Air Cheat Sheet

Adobe Acrobat 9 Shortcuts ↓

Adobe Acrobat 9 Shortcuts

Adobe Acrobat 8 Quick Reference ↓

Adobe Acrobat 8 Quick Reference

Adobe Flash CS5 & Flash Catalyst for dummies ↓

Adobe Flash CS5 & Flash Catalyst for dummies

Adobe Flash CS4 Shortcuts ↓

Adobe Flash CS4 Shortcuts

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 – all in one for dummies ↓

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 – all in one for dummies

Dreamweaver CS4 shortcuts ↓

Dreamweaver CS4 shortcuts

DreamWeaver CS3 Reference Card ↓

DreamWeaver CS3 Reference Card

Adobe Fireworks CS3 Quick Reference ↓

Adobe Fireworks CS3 Quick Reference

Adobe After Effects CS4 Cheat Sheet ↓

Adobe After Effects CS4 Cheat Sheet

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Shortcuts ↓

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Shortcuts

Adobe Photoshop CS5 – all in one for dummies ↓

Adobe Photoshop CS5 – all in one for dummies

Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts ↓

Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts

Photoshop Elements8 For Dummies ↓

Photoshop Elements8 For Dummies

Adobe Lightroom 2.0 Shortcuts ↓

Adobe Lightroom 2.0 Shortcuts

Adobe Indesign CS5 for dummies ↓

Adobe Indesign CS5 for dummies

Adobe InDesign CS4 Tools and shortcuts ↓

Adobe InDesign CS4 Tools and shortcuts

GIMP Quick reference ↓

GIMP Quick reference

Apple Final Cut Pro 5 ↓

Apple Final Cut Pro 5

QuarkXpress 8 ↓

3DS max 9 ↓

3DS max 9

Blender for dummies ↓

Blender for dummies

AutoCAD 2011 for dummies ↓

AutoCAD 2011 for dummies

Google Sketchup 7 for dummies ↓

Google Sketchup 7 for dummies

OpenOffice.org for dummies ↓

OpenOffice.org for dummies

Office 2010 – all in one for dummies ↓

Office 2010 – all in one for dummies

Browsers & OS

Mozilla Firefox Cheat Sheet ↓

Mozilla Firefox Cheat Sheet

Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts ↓

Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Internet Explorer 8 – quick reference card ↓

Internet Explorer 8 – quick reference card

Windows 7 Cheat Sheet ↓

Windows 7 Cheat Sheet

Windows Alt Codes ↓

Windows Alt Codes

Ultimate Switcher Guide: PC to MAC ↓

Ultimate Switcher Guide: PC to MAC

Mac OS X Keyboard Cheat Sheet ↓

Mac OS X Keyboard Cheat Sheet

Mac OS X Leopard – 200 productivity boosters ↓

Mac OS X Leopard – 200 productivity boosters

Macs All-in-one for dummies ↓

Macs All-in-one for dummies

Linux for dummies ↓

Linux for dummies

Ubuntu reference ↓

Ubuntu reference

Others/Miscellaneous

Ruby on Rails Cheat Sheet ↓

Ruby on Rails Cheat Sheet

Python Cheat Sheet ↓

Python Cheat Sheet

ASP/VBScript Cheat Sheet ↓

ASP/VBScript Cheat Sheet

ASP.net ↓

ASP.net

Regular Expression Cheat Sheet (.NET) ↓

Regular Expression Cheat Sheet (.NET)

Core C# and .NET Quick Reference ↓

Core C# and .NET Quick Reference

960 Grid System Cheat Sheet ↓

960 Grid System Cheat Sheet

Firebug Cheat Sheet ↓

Firebug Cheat Sheet

Tcp Ports List ↓

Tcp Ports List

VOIP Basics ↓

VOIP Basics

VI (Linux Terminal) Cheat sheet ↓

VI (Linux Terminal) Cheat sheat

Mathematica Keyboard Shortcuts ↓

Mathematica Keyboard Shortcuts

Country Codes – quick reference ↓

Country Codes – quick reference

User Centred Design ↓

User Centred Design

The Social Landscape (social media) ↓

The Social Landscape (social media)

Your Turn To Talk

I hope you found my list of cheatsheets/quick references useful. If I missed any or you have other feedback, please leave a comment. Also remember to share this post if you found it useful! 😉

How HTML5 Will Change The Way You Use The Web

What is HTML5? Some kind of really fancy link tag?

HTML5 is a specification for how the web’s core language, HTML, should be formatted and utilized to deliver text, images, multimedia, web apps, search forms, and anything else you see in your browser. In some ways, it’s mostly a core set of standards that only web developers really need to know. In other ways, it’s a major revision to how the web is put together. Not every web site will use it, but those that do will have better support across modern desktop and mobile browsers (that is, everything except Internet Explorer).

What Awesomeness ca I expect from HTML5?

The big, marquee changes in HTML5 have already made some headlines, thanks to browser makers like Google, Apple, Mozilla, and others picking them up and implementing them. The shortlist:

  • Offline storage: Kind of like “Super Cookies,” but with much more space to store both one-time data and persistent app databases, like email. Actually, you can think of offline storage as something a lot like Google Gears—you just won’t need to install a plug-in to reap the benefits.
  • Canvas drawing: Sites can mark off a space on a page where interactive pictures, charts and graphs, game components, and whatever else imagination allows can be drawn directly by programming code and user interaction—no Flash or other plug-ins required.
  • Native video and audio streaming support: It’s in the very early stages and subject to format disruption, but sites like YouTube and Pandora could one day skip Flash entirely to bring you streaming audio and video, with timed playback and other neat features.
  • Geo-location: Just what it sounds like, but not limited to a single provider’s API or browser tool. HTML5 can find your location and use it to tailor things like search results, tag your Twitter updates, and more.
  • Smarter forms: Search boxes, text inputs, and other you-type-here fields get better controls for focusing, validating data, interacting with other page elements, sending through email, and more. It may not sound that sexy, but it could mean less annoyance as a user, and that’s always a good thing.
  • Web application focus: Without breaking down the hundreds of nuts and bolts, it’s fair to say that HTML5 is aimed at making it easier to build wikis, drag-and-drop tools, discussion boards, real-time chat, search front-ends, and other modern web elements into any site, and have them work the same across browsers.

Where can I see HTML5 in action?

Ooh, good question!

From this page right here, with a soon-to-be-optional-maybe-Flash, you can check out these video demonstrations:

Google I/O 2009 Keynote, pt. 1

Firefox 3.5 Treats Videos Like Web Pages:

If you’re running an up-to-date version of Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or Opera—or, basically, any regularly updated browser besides Internet Explorer—give these links a shot.

HTML5 Demos: Huge list of capability demonstrations, gracefully compiled by Remy Sharp.

Welcome to Safari: Written entirely with HTML5 and CSS 3.

YouTube in HTML5: No Flash required at all (for Chrome and Safari only, at this point).

Canvas drawing and audio

Neat interactive site that shows tweets from folks who are digging on HTML5, with streaming background audio and interactive data pieces.

Why is it being pushed? Don’t Flash and JavaScript already work?

Make no mistake, HTML5 has much love for JavaScript and its many relatives—in fact, the new markup standards make it easier for JavaScript-type code to point at, and pull from, pieces of each web page. As for Flash, and Silverlight, and other browser plug-ins, well, they are artificial solutions for a natural problem that HTML5 is trying to fix: Placing and managing interactive elements on a web page.

Besides being a major source of browser memory leaks and crashes, Flash and its brethren also doesn’t work on every platform, and has to be re-written and adapted for every new one. If you’re looking to make a clever application available to as many people as possible, a write once, use everywhere system is ideal. When more browsers and developers support HTML5′s audio, video, and interaction standards, the idea of the web as the universal app store—for smartphones, for desktops and laptops, Windows, Mac, and Linux—gets closer to reality.

Apple tried to pitch this mentality to developers with their first iPhone release. That pronouncement was, to put it mildly, roundly mocked. Since then, webapps have become a lot more powerful and respectable as mainstays of productivity, and enthusiasm for the walled garden model of application markets has waned quite a bit in the minds of an increasing number of developers.

That’s not to say that HTML5-powered web applications, with their lack of serious local storage, hardware access, and serious offline capabilities, are going to make the iPhone App Store, the Android Market, or the desktop software we’re all used to obsolete. But look at how Chrome is positioning its Chrome OS for netbooks, which relies on HTML5 for offline storage: A secondary computer, in terms of hard-and-fast capabilities, but one you might use just as often, if not more, for the web-connected convenience.

How will HTML5 makes its way onto my web?

HTML5 isn’t a software release, or a web development law. It’s a voted-upon and group-edited standard, written in broad fashion to accommodate different styles of development and the different thinking among web browser makers.

Put more simply, it depends on what you’re using to surf. And what standards your web makers are following.

Firefox, Safari and Chrome on the desktop support a few of the styles and features outlined in HTML5′s draft specifications, like offline storage, canvas drawing, and, most intriguingly, tags for audio and video that allow sites to stream multimedia files directly into a browser. Apple’s Safari for iPhone and the Android browser also support elements of HTML5, as does Opera Mobile. Want to know the nitty-gritty of where your browser stands on HTML5? Web geeks have put in the time to put it all in a Wikipedia chart.

Those audio and video tags aren’t quite as liberating as they may seem. The writers of the HTML5 standard—Ian Hickson of Google and Davd Hyatt of Apple—wanted to define a single, standardized format for video streaming, but while their employers favour the H.264/MPEG-4 standard, open-source firms like Mozilla can’t abide by its patent “encumbrance”, and Opera and other web firms don’t particularly love the licensing costs. Their alternative is Theora, better known (relatively) as Ogg Theora. As it stands, HTML5 simply doesn’t require or suggest a single container format or codec to use, which could mean browser-by-browser differences down the road. Ars Technica has a good explainer on the HTML5 video codec debate.

17 Essential Linux Resources That You Shouldn’t Miss

Linux is one of my favorite topics… Today, I will be covering a A Wide Collection of Linux Apps which include Image Viewers, Video Editors, News Aggregators, Backup Tools & Guides etc. Credit goes to all the people who have put maximum effort to gather these various application in their own specific categories.  You may also want to check out our “Linux” Category for more awesome stuff.

Top 10 Free Video Editors for Ubuntu Linux

avid

20 Must Read HOWTOs and Guides for Linux

linux

10 Free Linux Ebooks For Beginners

linux_penguin

21 of the Best Free Linux Backup Tools

backup

Top 5 Gmail Notifiers for Linux

gmail-notifier

11 Free Windows Programs Alternatives For Linux

linux-windows

10 Best Image Viewers for Linux

imageieer

10 Must-Have Linux Web-Based tools

ubuntu

Top 10 KDE4 Applications

ubuntulinux

5 Best Linux Distributions

linux-distribution-time-line

7 Awesome 3D Graphic Design Applications for Linux

3d

13 Of the Best Linux Tutorials and OpenCourseWare on the Web

linux_opencourseware

12 of the Best Free Linux News Aggregators

adni18_linux_202_bigprev

10 Best Linux Audio players

linuxaudio

23 Useful System Applications for Linux

loin

42 of the Best Free Linux Games

linuxgames

5 Best Free Antivirus Software for Linux

antivirus

Turn Your Home Router Into a Super-Powered Router with DD-WRT

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Wireless is everywhere and routers are the force that makes it happen, so why not supercharge yours to take proper advantage of it? DD-WRT will let you boost your router’s range, add features, and more.

DD-WRT has a ton of features—more than we can cover in this guide, which is focused on helping you get your router upgraded. Stay tuned, as we’ll go into more depth in a couple more days on all the great things you can do with it, but even if you don’t use the additional features, DD-WRT is worth installing to make your router work better.

What Is DD-WRT?

netgear wnr2000v2

Here’s our router. Behold: the Netgear WNR2000, revision 2. It’s a mighty fine one, too, but it’s still not the best. Why, exactly? Your router is only as good as its firmware, the software that makes it tick. When you buy a router from Linksys/Cisco, Netgear, D-Link, or others, you’re bound to their software. It’s a nice arrangement; you respect their limitations, and they promise to help with your problems. But what if your warranty’s expired, or you want to shuck their limitations? Maybe you want to take your hardware and push it to its most extreme limits. That’s where DD-WRT steps in.

DD-WRT is an open-source alternative firmware for routers. Its software unlocks features that aren’t present on all routers: static routing, VPN, repeating functions, the list goes on. It also unlocks settings that aren’t accessible normally, like antenna power and overclocking.

Router Support

dd-wrt website 1

Turning your home router into an almost professional-level tool is a great project that has one major caveat: support. Not all routers are built or designed the same way. Even two of the same model can have different revision numbers with very different internal components. Because of this, the first step is doing plenty of research. It’s best to have a router that’s fully supported, so if you end up buying one, be sure to check the DD-WRT Supported Routers page first. Also make use of their Router Database, which will help you find particular instructions for your model and revision. Most devices have model and revision numbers on the back panel, and if there’s no revision number, it’s safe to assume that it’s 1.0.

For our purposes, the important spec to consider is NVROM, or ROM. This is where the firmware is kept, so even if your router has 16MB of RAM, it won’t work with a 4MB image of DD-WRT without at least that much ROM. Because of this, there are a few different versions of DD-WRT available at varying file sizes. Some are trimmed down to fit in smaller ROM configurations. Others are built with specific features in mind, like VPN, SD card support, or a Samba client. For more information, check out the File Versions table.

Preparation

The most important thing in any project is research. Do all of your homework for this one, because (here it comes):

DISCLAIMER: Changing your router’s firmware can result in unintentional consequences, such as “bricking.” It’s unlikely, and we’ve never had a device that couldn’t be fixed in some way, but it’s important to understand that it’s a very real possibility. Just to be clear: you assume all responsibility for anything you do; we’re not liable for anything that should go wrong.

As mentioned above, start with the Supported Devices page to see if you’ve got a DD-WRT-friendly router. If you don’t see anything specific, or even if you do, check into the Router Database. Here, you’ll find links to forum pages of those who’ve completed the process for specific models/revisions, as well as the setbacks and workarounds they’ve found. Most importantly, you’ll find links to compatible versions of firmware.

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The friendly forum gave us some useful info for our particular model. Our router, the Netgear WNR2000 is revision 2, which means it’s compatible (revision 1 is not). It’s only got 4MB of ROM, so we had to stick to the mini version. We followed the download links and read up on what to do to complete the procedure in full detail.

dd-wrt website 2

Almost all sources unanimously recommend three specific things:

  1. Do a hard reset on your router before you update. This usually requires a 30/30/30 procedure.
  2. Hard wire your router when you update the firmware. NEVER over wireless.
  3. Use Internet Explorer (or Safari) unless specifically stated that other browsers are okay.

There’s a ton of reasons which the documentation will reveal to you, but the first two are written in stone, and the last has held true for almost any router, and it won’t hurt either.

Most routers have a pinhole on their back with you need to push and hold to perform a hard reset. The 30/30/30 procedure is primarily directed for devices with DD-WRT already on them, but it’s also required for some other models and won’t hurt to do anyway. It deletes the Non-Volatile RAM. From the DD-WRT website, the procedure is as follows:

  • With the unit powered on, press and hold the reset button on back of unit for 30 seconds
  • Without releasing the reset button, unplug the unit and hold reset for another 30 seconds
  • Plug the unit back in STILL holding the reset button a final 30 seconds (please note that this step can put Asus devices into recovery mode…see note below!) [Note]

This procedure should be done BEFORE and AFTER every firmware upgrade/downgrade.

Do not use configuration restore if you change firmware builds (different svn build numbers).

The Process

Hard reset, as outlined above, or per the instructions for your specific router.

hard reset router

So after our hard reset, we waited for the lights to return to normal, and we hard-wired the router to our laptop. During this phase, we turned off the wireless connection so that just the wired connection to our WRN2000 was active. This prevents any mishaps and makes it simple to connect to the web-interface through the defaults.

wired router

Next, fire up Internet Explorer and go to your router’s default page, and log in.

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Use the default username and password, usually printed on your device’s back panel or easily found on the internet.

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Click on the Router Upgrade link.

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Browse to the correct image and click Upload, and wait patiently. Very patiently. You’ll see the loading screen tell you to wait while the router reboots, and you’ll see the lights flash on and off for a while. Wait about five minutes, and err on the longer side. When you’re ready, log in to your router. DD-WRT’s IP address is 192.168.1.1, the username is ‘root’, and the password is ‘admin’.

You’ll be greeted with your brand new interface.

dd-wrt starter

UPDATE: Fellow How-To Geek writer, Aviad, pointed out that at this point, we need to do another hard reset/restore to factory default settings. This will solidify your DD-WRT installation and will prevent any issues that would come up otherwise. It’s mentioned in the block quote above, but to reiterate: perform another hard reset NOW.

If things didn’t work out, you may have had a “bad” flash. Your router may be bricked, but odds are you can recover from it in some fashion. The first place to check out is How to Recover From a Bad Flash, and the second is the DD-WRT Forum. As long as your do your homework and be precise with the instructions, you’ll be fine.

Now that you have DD-WRT on your router, here are a few other things you might find interesting:

How To Remove Advertisements with Pixelserv on DD-WRT

How To Setup a VPN Server Using a DD-WRT Router

And there’s more to come!