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October 2010


HTML5: Accessibility For All

by Brian Hogan

One in every ten people in the world has some sort of disabiliy. That’s 650 million potential users of your software, and 650 million people you should think about when developing web sites.

What Agile Is Not

by Jeff Langr, Tim Ottinger

Jeff and Tim shuffle the Agile deck and come up with some jokers.

Good Code Tells the Truth

by Hew Wolff

Your editor’s favorite characterization of good writing is from Rust Hills, former fiction editor of Esquire magazine: “clarity of perception and expression.” Hew Wolff is talking about something similar here when he characterizes good code as truthful.

When Did That Happen?

by Dan Wohlbruck

This month marks the 149th anniversary of the beginning of electronic messaging.

Your Halloween Costume

by Jeremy Bingham

Courtesy of the Chinese and Goodwill, Jeremy offers you this 2010 Halloween costume.


Up Front

by Michael Swaine

The Easter Eggs of October

Choice Bits

It was a dark and stormy night, and I shuddered with eldritch dread to think that somewhere out there novels were being written on Twitter.

Guru Meditation

by Andy Hunt

“Oh I’ll Remember That.” No, actually, you won’t.

Way of the Agile Warrior

by Jonathan Rasmusson

It starts out so hopefully. As you begin the project, you and your team are all on the same page. Or so it seems. Then you start actually building, and you realize that you all had something different in mind. Has it happened to you?

The Quiz

by Michael Swaine

A monthly diversion at least peripherally related to programming.


Jared Richardson, author of Ship It!, will talk about “The Value of Value Story Cards” at Agile Development Practices East in Orlando, FL in November. Also, Linux turns 19. And other items for your calendar.

Shady Illuminations

by John Shade

Our resident curmudgeon taps into the mind of Linus Torvalds and finds a kindred spirit.

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