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Issue 13.6 ('Stay Out of Jail')
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Issue: 13.6 (November/December 2015)
Author: Markus Winter
Author Bio: Markus is a Molecular Biologist who taught himself REALbasic programming in 2003 to let the computer deal with some exceedingly tedious lab tasks. Some call it lazy, he thinks it smart. He still thinks of himself as an advanced beginner at best.
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Do you remember when I mentioned Henry David Thoreau in the intro to Tips and Tricks in xDev 12.4, where I said you should be aware how much things cost in "lifetime equivalents," and that you should try to minimize those?

I'm always reminded of that when somebody writes "It's available from my website"... without posting the link. I'm always amazed when developers who want to attract others to their app or website don't make it easy for others to actually get there. And remember: it's okay to repeatedly post links to prevent who knows how many people from having to scroll up and down searching for that link in a thread that might have grown to hundreds of postings... even if you did post it in message 46 out of 272!

Tip 1: Websites

While I'm at it, let me get to one of my pet peeves. Not being naturally gifted with language skills—and that includes programming languages—I always think that others are much better programmers than I am. And I heavily rely on and am grateful for all the free snippets, methods, and classes that some kind souls make available to me and others.

So every few months I go round a few websites to check for new versions. And while I'm very grateful for the files provided, I can't help but wonder: is it too much to ask for some version information? Or a date? Just something that will let me know if this file is newer than the file I downloaded two months ago (without comparing "Date.LastModified").

So please, if you post some code snippets etc on your website, then please include some version information, or a date. And yes, I said please twice. :-)

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