Stock Photography

Stock photos, great for inspiration, making color combinations, and of course for making that "contact us" image of the girl/guy with the earset on.

Over 1 Million Free Photos (#)

Deemed a search engine for creative commons photos, everystockphoto pulls images from sources around the web into one place.

This may prove useful, however it depends on how much quantity eats into quality. I tried a few searches and had some strange images returned from Flickr, for example. When searching for location based images, images from Flickr were of people in a given location as opposed to images of the location. Your mileage may vary :-). - Free images (#)

The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web's morguefile, an interesting idea, and all images are free to use but not to redistribute.

The site has forums and lightbox facility and a bunch of other ancillary stuff, but most importantly the search works decently and otherwise they do break photos down into topics. Not as easy as iStockPhoto, but it is free and there may be some images in here that are less used then those found on the more popular image sites.

Flickr: Stock Repository (#)

From the website: Free Stock photos for designers. You're free to contribute your own photos or take what you need... As a courtesy to the photographer please let them know how and where you use their images, and do not bundle them in a package for redistribution.

Pixel Perfect Digital : Download free images, textures, backgrounds, illustrations, digital art and stock photos. (#)

Pixel Perfect is a free digital archive (see Terms of Use) with an abundante selection of images (and illustrations) organized by category.

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The Principles Of Successful Freelancing

I started freelancing by diving in head first and getting on with it. Many years and a lot of experience later I was still able to take away some gems from this book, and there are plenty I wish I had thought of beforehand. If you are new to freelancing and have a lot of questions (or maybe don't know what questions to ask!) do yourself a favor and at least check out the sample chapters.

The Art & Science Of JavaScript

The author line-up for this book says it all. 7 excellent developers show you how to get your JavaScript coding up to speed with 7 chapters of great theory, code and examples. Metaprogramming with JavaScript (chapter 5 from Dan Webb) really helped me iron out some things I was missing about JavaScript. That said each chapter really helped me to develop my JavaScript skills beyond simple Ajax calls and html insertion with libs like JQuery.

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Like the other books listed here, this provides a great reference for the PHP developer looking to have the right answers from the right people at their fingertips. I tend to pull this off the shelf when I need to delve into new territory and usually find a workable solution to keep development moving. This only needs to happen once and you recoup the price of the book in time saved from having to develop the solution or find the right pattern for getting the job done..