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- 2006

Aside from WebKnowhow.net, there are many websites that serve as repositories of knowledge and discusssion forums for inquisitive web designers and developers.

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A List Apart

A List Apart is, well, elegant. While there are websites that provide their own development tools, have larger archives, or attract more numerous audiences, this website demonstrates attention to detail that truly sets it apart. The website layout is outstanding -- light on advertisement and easy on the eyes; the articles provide intelligent answers to challenging problems; and, best of all, each article is graced by what suspiciously resembles an original, hand-drawn watercolor drawing.


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W3C
The stately, well-respected Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) has spent years working for common web standards. It is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web, where member organizations maintain full-time staff for the purpose of working together in the development of internet standards. Wherever your interest may lie: CSS, CGI, HTML, XML -- chances are you will find the latest (somewhat technical) specification at http://www.w3.org/.

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IBM Developer Works
IBM Developer Works is Big Blue's free, high-quality resource for web developers. Although it bears the proud name and logo of IBM, Developer Works is not dedicated to company-specific products and technologies.  The online resource is regularly updated with lengthy, informative articles on a wide range of topics. The authors that contribute to IBM Developer Works are great writers, and the editorial team does a great job of maintaining a superb site.

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ThinkVitamin
ThinkVitamin is a relatively new website, that draws on the expertise of a number of Web 2.0 luminaries. The site's tagline is: "Vitamin is a resource for web designers, developers and entrepreneurs."

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CSS Zen Garden
The CSS Zen Garden is a keystone on the path to designer nirvana. Ahem. What we mean by that is that it is a CSS design showcase where you can switch between dozens of impressive CSS-based layouts with a single click.

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CMS Matrix
CMS Matrix lists, suprise -- Content Management Systems. Lots of them. If you think of starting a new dynamic website or an intranet project, CMS Matrix is the place to go first and select the right tool for the job.

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Programming.Reddit
programming.reddit.com is as Web 2.0 as web development resources get. Users submit stories and the crowd of users votes which ones make it to the front page. Think of it as Digg without the 14 year olds, but be advised that people over there are partial to languages like Python and Scheme, as well as to xkcd.com comics.

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Yahoo! Developer Network
Yahoo! not only provides a number of wonderful web development services -- they have the Developer Network, where aspiring and professional developers can find a wealth of open source code, high-quality documentation, and interesting articles.

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The Daily WTF
Web development is not all fun and games, you know. Behold the horrors of coding at thedailywtf.com.

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HTML Dog
Even the greatest designers and programmers must start with the basics. HTMLDog is a great resource for people who are just starting to learn the ropes of HTML.

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