#907 04.08.2022 14:15 AP

Cut the cutesy errors

There’s a place for humour and levity in software, and my code has plenty – but error messages are rarely it. If somebody hits an error, they’re some mix of anxious, angry, or confused, and cute or unclear language does nothing to help.

#886 31.07.2022 03:28 AP

Terry Crowley: Small Pleasures of Programming

One of the little secrets of computer programming is that it is actually quite a bit of fun. You discover little intellectual puzzles to wrestle with and solve on your way to building something bigger. And then instead of throwing away the puzzle solution like Saturday’s completed Sudoku, you get to tuck it into your app and keep it around in your bag of tricks.