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Looking for HTML5 Nirvana

This is a dumb question, but does HTML5 support true cross-browser compatibility? Or, I should say, is it browser-agnostic? I kinda thought the latest versions of the major browsers were all converging on the same standards anyway, so I tried … Continue reading

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In Praise of Pre-built Software Components That Keep Me From Having to Learn Things

We would all like to be spending our time learning Forth or competing on TopCoder or writing compilers, but sadly we are often forced instead to work on things that will satisfy the intellectually dreary business requirements of a paying … Continue reading

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Nagging is a process smell

Every office I’ve ever worked in has had both a messy kitchen and a kitchen scold who hated the messiness of the kitchen. They put up signs on the microwave about your mother not working there and they send out … Continue reading

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Developers’ Learned Helplessness

In the 1960s, psychologists experimenting on dogs found that subjects given electric shocks with no hope of relief learned to be helpless. Even in subsequent experiments that did provide a means of escaping the pain, the dogs passively submitted without … Continue reading

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