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Gawking, Part II

As a brief follow-up to my critique of Gawker network's design I feel that I also ought to critique the thing I am perhaps more qualified to; namely the tech behind it all.

Along with Twitter (specifically 'new Twitter') and I'm told Facebook (I don't use it enough to really comment) Gawker has adopted the hash-bang syntax (see the #! in their URL? hash-bang) which basically lets Javascript manage the entire site. Any web developer worth his salt can obviously attest to how much of a good idea this notion is. Personally I consider myself to be a front-end developer (with a great degree of back-end experience) and even as a big fan of Javascript and all it's capabilities I would never entrust it to such a task. That would be like entrusting HTML to be consistent between Safari and IE6.

Others have covered the issue in greater detail than I, but suffice to say the type of framework that depends entirely on Javascript is not one I would prefer to depend on myself. The hash-bang syntax is a hack at best, and a potential disaster worst. When your single point of failure is Javascript of all things you may be in for a world of pain. Go ahead, disable JS and take a look at or new Twitter and compare it to any other site. Even JS-heavy sites like Google News work with it disabled. I can access an HTML-only version of GMail, a web app that doesn't even need to follow web conventions. It's something to think about.

Hopefully hash-bang does not become some kind of new standard, but you never can tell with these things. In the end leaving display of your site's content up to the client is a poor decision, at best. We'll see how things pan out in that regard. I won't actually get upset until the New York Times web site starts to use it.

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smutty, June 7, 2012 at 17:03 Not Jolly and not a joker , got to be the worst place to visit whilst in the Dam, he is obxnoious and extremely rude, he also changes the rules for each and every customer as they come in , we had one drink and left . will never go back again and i suggest no one else wastes there time or money there .

Oct. 16, 2014 (6:00pm EST)

colm keegan, July 3, 2012 at 15:30 It was not my first visit to the Jolly joker but ulurotfnatny it was late in my holiday before I got there.I wish I had gotten there sooner because I had forgotten how friendly the people were especially the girl who spells her name with a c instead of s.I give the place 8 out of 10.

Oct. 18, 2014 (10:05pm EST)

Gawker is sending spies into work at FOX? The iinnasty of the Left knows no bounds. They cannot tolerate the one news outlet that doesn't parrot the approved themes of Left. Even the neutered conservatism of FOX is too much to bear.The Left is the dominant force in our culture. It controls the news media, the entertainment media, the universities and other culturally sensitive institutions.The way this works is that the Left determines who represents the sock puppet Right by hand picking its conservative opposition and by excommunicating anyone from respectability that violates its norms.Professional conservatism is on the same level as professional wrestling. In order to be a mainstream conservative, you are required by definition to renounce conservatism and embrace liberalism, and respect the prevailing system of taboos that has been established by the Left.That's why there seems to be a double standard when it comes to race.It is not really a double standard because there is no equality in the power relationship. The Left is dominant. The sockpuppet Right is submissive. Its owes its very existence to recognition of its legitimacy by the Mainstream Media.Moron Leftists want to strangle their own sockpuppet. It's too funny.

Oct. 20, 2014 (12:30pm EST)

the moocher's protnecin paper could have been do by any 9th grader and bongo's writing is even worse.bongo never heard of subject,verb, predicate his writing is unreadable.neither bongo or the moocher have law licenses which is no great loss because they never praticed law because they were to stupid.the only thing they know is how to be lying commiesl.yes like you fn they are commie traitors which he learned from his mudshark mother and her war hero father.oh wait a minute he spent the war in leavenworth then got a dishonerable discharge.they should have shot the bastard.bongo did not teach law because he did not know any,what he taught was alinsky.we will kick this criminal out of office and into an orange jump suit for the death of officer terry and i hope we get holder,hillbillery,panetta pluss all the commie czar traitors.

Dec. 25, 2015 (11:34am EST)

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