Reconsidering Javascript

I’ve said before that I don’t like Javascript. I should be more precise. Some things bother me about javascript itself. First, I find it hard to debug. When PHP dumps and error or exception, you know it. No question (assuming you have your error reporting turned up). It requires extra work to determine when Javascript has dumped out with an error. Second, Javascript is used to defeat the web’s page-at-once paradigm.

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Down with mod_rewrite

There’s this false idea in the web space that “pretty URLs” are preferred somehow. You know the kind I’m talking about– http://mysite.com/some/thing/or/that I’m not sure who prefers them. There used to be this idea that search engines preferred them. But I’ve researched it. Web spiders and search engines really don’t care what your URL looks like (within reason). I suppose a URL like this: http://mysite.com?some=thing&or=that might be more difficult for a person to copy one letter at a time into the browser’s locator.

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How I Code

If you’re a programmer under the age of 30, just go away now. You’re not going to have good things to say about this article. In the last twenty years, I’ve coded a lot of web applications, for all kinds of purposes. Mostly to run the back end of my business, but also more personal things, like a library for my movie collection. I decided way back when that PHP was the best language for this, since the platform it runs on is available to anyone.

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Walmart Automation

I just visited my Walmart Neighborhood Market today. I hadn’t been in there in a few months, so the changes were obvious. There were numerous self-checkout stands, one cashier for people who didn’t want to or couldn’t use the machines, and a lady standing around watching all of us use the checkout machines. Put aside that, if I were so inclined, I can imagine numerous ways to stuff items in my sack which I didn’t pay for.

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MacOS vs Windows, Ease Of Use

I started using computers before the arrival of the desktop computer. I spent many years using Windows, from version 2.0 through to Window 10. Back when I worked for a Microsoft coding shop, we had to wipe our hard drives every six months, because Windows slowly degraded over time, and that was the only solution. As a result of that experience, I have used Linux for over 20 years. My wife, because of her particular needs, used Windows from about Windows 3.

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