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10 items tagged “jeffatwood”


Version 1 Sucks, But Ship It Anyway. I think I should probably get this tattooed on to my skull. # 5th December 2009, 5:36 pm

The State of Solid State Hard Drives. From Jeff Atwood’s report it sounds like the price/performance ratio for SSD hard drives has got to a point where switching is the most cost effective way of improving a personal machine’s performance. Anyone know what’s involved in putting one of these things in a MacBook Pro? # 14th October 2009, 1:03 pm

Meta Is Murder. I hadn’t realised how important MetaTalk was in ensuring high quality discussions on MetaFilter, by ensuring that meta-discussions happened somewhere else. Speaking of which, happy birthday MetaFilter. # 14th July 2009, 7:34 pm

Coding Horror: A Scripter at Heart. Sigh. I cannot believe that the false distinction between “scripting” and “programming” is still being discussed. # 26th January 2009, 6:06 pm


Coding Horror: Protecting Your Cookies: HttpOnly. Jeff Atwood discovers the hard way that writing an HTML sanitizer is significantly harder than you would think. HttpOnly cookies aren’t the solution though: they’re potentially useful as part of a defense in depth strategy, but fundamentally if you have an XSS hole you’re going to get 0wned, HttpOnly cookies or not. Auto-escape everything on output and be extremely cautious with things like HTML sanitizers. # 29th August 2008, 2:01 am

The fatal flaw of deletionism is the mindset of deciding what someone else *should* find interesting

Jeff Atwood # 16th June 2008, 8:23 am

Is It OK to Require JavaScript? Not if you can avoid doing so. Unobtrusive JavaScript really isn’t hard if you design it in from the start, and since stackoverflow is a community forum / questions and answers site I have trouble imagining a feature that can’t be made to work without JavaScript. # 10th June 2008, 6:41 am


Size Is The Enemy. Jeff Atwood: “I’ve started a cottage industry mining Steve [Yegge]’s insanely great but I-hope-you-have-
an-hour-to-kill writing and condensing it into its shorter form points.” Lots of verbose static typing apologists in the comments. # 24th December 2007, 10:50 am

A Visual Explanation of SQL Joins. It turns out Venn diagrams are an excellent way of illustrating joins. # 12th October 2007, 9:42 am

[...] I’m a fan of the virtual machine future. We should treat our operating system like a roll of paper towels. If you get something on it you don’t like, you ball it up and throw it away, and rip off a new, fresh one.

Jeff Atwood # 2nd March 2007, 10:21 am