Earlier today, while reading over Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, I came across an interesting fact I would like to share. We all know the preamble for web addresses, http://. I couldn’t fathom how many times I’ve typed it myself. Apparently the creator of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, regrets making this part of the standard as he stated during an interview with the New York Times. To summarize, he equated it to be a convention of programmers at the time.
I wonder how many double slashes have been typed, printed, and read since the standards creation. But hey, there is always room for improvement, right?
As an aside, I highly recommend the aforementioned book, Interactive Data Visualization for the Web. Written by Scott Murray, it provides an excellent introduction to data visualization with D3 and basic web programming. What makes this even more cool? O’reilly is offering an online version of the book that includes interactive examples and it’s free! Click the previous link to view the book directly or visit this O’reilly page for more information on about the paper version!
“First make something work. Then, make it work better.” – Anonymous