Monthly Archives: June 2007

Harry Potter Brand Site

We just launched Woot!

The Art of the Resume: Why You Probably Shouldn’t Use MS Word

A resume is an advertisement. You are selling your time and attention, and trying to get some potential employer (who is a buyer, and a potential customer) to purchase said time and attention at a competitive price. Advertisements exist to make someone want something.

Most engineers aren’t all that savvy about the subtle art …Read More

Javascript Style Tip: Use “in” and “delete”

Javascript provides two very handy operators, in and delete.

Consider this code fragment:

var obj = {

 foo : ‘quux’,

 bar : ‘baz’,

 doSomething : function () {

  // do something…



So, we’ve created an object, and then some other things happen. Later in the code, we want to remove the “foo” property, so we do this: = undefined;

Still later, we …Read More

Memory Leaks in Microsoft Internet Explorer

I originally posted this at on Monday, October 23rd, 2006.

Memory Leaks.

What are they? How do they happen? What can be done about them?

This is a great question, and a topic that has a lot of mysticism surrounding it. Like most Javascript issues, there’s been a lot of very bad “authoritative” suggestions.

If …Read More

Web Standards: Nothing Succeeds Like Success

This is a comment on the A List Apart article, Evangelizing Outside the Box: Web Standards and Large Companies, by Peter-Paul Koch. I posted the comment on their site on June 04, 2007.

I work at a mega-gigantic web corporation (10,000+ employees across the world, and hundreds of millions of users.) While we don’t exactly …Read More

The Most Important Things They Don’t Teach in CompSci 101 (but should): Maintainability

I stumbled across a great article about clean code from Jeff Vogel over at the IBM Developerworks blog site, via a /. article. Even more valuable was the How to write unmaintainable code article, which appears to have grown considerably since I first saw a version of it back in college.

A simple web search …Read More