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The objective of loadaverageZero, and my goal in general, is to blur the distinction between the programmer “camp” and Web design. It’s a shame, if you ask me, that I can spot a programmer’s markup a mile away, and sites designed by pure artists are usually just that—art.

So to all those Mac OS X users out there who like their pretty little clicky tools and are terrified of the command line I say: Guess what you’ve got running under the hood? BSD Unix, whence the Internet came, with all its power and ugliness. Web development is a complex business, and no amount of GUI interfaces will ever change that.

And to all you programmers out there I say: Take a cue from these folks will you? No one wants to use an interface that requires a complete understanding of regular expressions just to find something on a site. Okay, some people do, me for instance. But the average user?

—Douglas Clifton

While no longer updated, loadaverageZero continues on the web today as an archive of mid-to-late 00's trends in the evolving amalgamation of UI/UX and programming standards. Best practices change continually — it is the way in which the web grows, improves and stays relevant. However, by charting the history of these changes we can better understand and predict the future trajectory of the next iterations of standards.

More reading:


We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris.
Larry Wall, Programming Perl, O’Reilly & Associates, Inc.


(from the Glossary, pages 991 and 993, 3rd edition, paperback)

Wait a damn minute! Are these virtues or sins? I'm so confused.

But seriously folks, these are wise words to live and work by. From a real hero of mine.

I look for patterns, repetition. These are the sorts of things that computers excel at. It makes no sense to me to do the same thing over and over again once you master the problem. I'll be applying these principles as I explain how this site was designed, how it functions and how easy it is for me to create and maintain these pages.

FYI: For an interesting article on the history and folklore of Perl, check out Andrew Leonard's The Joy of Perl.

FMI: Additional Perl resources are available at drx: Perl


The Zen of Python

Tim Peters, Zope Corporation.

FMI: Additional Python resources are available at drx: Python.

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