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A little learning is a dangerous thing.


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How to name a protocol

Pop quiz, hot shot. What do the following protocols all have in common?

  • SNMP
  • SMTP
  • SOAP
  • RSS

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All of them in their very names claim to be simple, the last one even emphatically really simple. Now, simplicity is relative, but what this shows is that if you want your standard to catch on, it should purport to be simple.

Better yet, keep doing so even while heaping on ever more complexity.

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Modernizing the look of tabs

Firefox is on its way to taking its old UI with dated-looking square tabs and, in its upcoming Australis release, modernizing to a more fluid UI with rounded tabs.

Meanwhile, Eclipse has taken its old UI with dated-looking rounded tabs and, in its new Juno release, refreshed the UI with a more modern visual style sporting square tabs.