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xkcd styled chart library

Chart.xkcd is a chart library plots “sketchy”, “cartoony” or “hand-drawn” styled charts.

Dirty tricks 6502 programmers use

This post recaps some of the C64 coding tricks used in my little Commodore 64 coding competition. The competition rules were simple: make a C64 executable (PRG) that draws two lines to form the below image. The objective was to do this in as few bytes as possible.

The Rule of 2

When you write code to parse, evaluate, or otherwise handle untrustworthy inputs from the Internet — which is almost everything we do in a web browser! — we like to follow a simple rule to make sure it's safe enough to do so.

4 Rules for Intuitive UX

This is my advice on improving the UX of your designs WITHOUT hours of user research sessions, paper prototyping playtime, or any other trendy UX buzzwords.

How to Build Good Software

Software has characteristics that make it hard to build with traditional management techniques; effective development requires a different, more exploratory and iterative approach.