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Linkdump for December 14th

by Rob Friesel
  • In case you need to worry about this sort of thing: here's the MSDN doc that breaks down the differences between "real IE10" (on Windows 8) vs. the Windows 7-compatible IE10 "Release Preview".

    tl;dr: Unless you're dealing with touch events, and some of the -ms-vendor-prefixed stuff, you're probably fine.

  • Nice write-up by Todd Kloots at the Twitter Engineering blog about their pushState implementation, and some of the pitfalls to watch out for when mucking around in those APIs on your own time.
  • Scott Hanselman (back in 2011) dinging &yet; over their "&!" product, and how they handled browsers that don't handle WebSockets. For the most part, Hanselman's headline is right on but…

    …commenter David Carson more/less summarized my true feelings on the matter.

    The web has become a powerful platform for delivering high quality software, but front-end developers everywhere recognize that it's not a level playing field. Yes, there are shims and fallbacks and polyfills. Yes, there are ways of progressively enhancing your offering. But there's also a point where you should be able to say: "This is high-quality software, and these are the requirements."

    Sometimes you need to make that choice. And in &yet;'s case, and especially in the case of &! — I think that they totally made the right choice. They chose the features they wanted to deliver and focused on those. (And I'm pretty sure it was just a prototype at the time Hanselman wrote this blog post.)

  • Emma Marris, writing for Slate:

    “It feels more responsible and ecologically sound to eat an animal that was raised wild and natural in my local habitat than to eat a cow that was fattened up on grain or even hay, which is inevitably harvested with fuel-hungry machines,” writes Christie Aschwanden, a self-described “tree-hugging former vegetarian.”


    [All] it takes is overturning two long-held beliefs among many urban liberals: that it is wrong to personally kill animals and that hunters are all rural conservatives.

    (tagged: hunting )

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day. Science fiction writer by night. Weekend homebrewer, beer educator at Black Flannel, and Certified Cicerone. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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