Coding like it’s 1999

Here is my top ten list of “How to code like it’s 1999”:

1. using PHP < 5.3 (4 was beta in 1999)
2. making use of perl for *anything* (see #4)
3. template engines (scope and variable interpolation exist for a reason)
4. Perl6 (active 1999 mailing list)
5. Java Web Applets
6. SELECT * FROM (seriously, get ORM, select only what you need, or quit your day job.)
7. lisp (like a hero from a classic book, tragic)
8. non-functional redirect pages (hello js or location header; good-bye bad knocking off a lame phpbb feature)
9. ActiveX plug-ins (who developers sites with IE, anyways?)
10. SOAP (all your interoperability are belong to SOAP)

In short, if your core application for which your business and revenue suffers any of the above atrocities, step back for a minute and ask yourself if you really know any better? If you don’t, hire someone who does – FAST!

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Coding like it’s 1999