This was until I started to work closely with SmartClient and Grails.
Article written in Polish can be found at http://mamstartup.pl/felietony/2882/jak-buduje-sie-strony-internetowe-w-2012-roku and author's blog is here, also quite interesting.
The author is pointing out many interesting tools used in modern web development.
I hope to give them a try so I set up a project on github where I plan to gather some demo code of my trials with it. For now there are some web scaling example with CSS available.
I also found good designer's resources at http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
Some free e-books can be downloaded from here but I've downloaded the pdf and copied it to my github.