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The Best Of Twitter 2010

With 2010 having finally flown the nest of time after spending far too long living off its parents, I once again wanted to record my favourite tweets of the year just passed. Here are the winners in reverse chronological order:

On Technology

  • @despo
    periodic table of elements http://joshduck.com/periodic-table.html. #html_elements
  • @avalanche123
    "Java is a DSL for taking large XML files and converting them to stack traces"
  • @siracusa
    SuperDuper http://shirt-pocket.com/ was the last ~$25 app that changed my Mac life. Soulver's the next one: http://www.acqualia.com/soulver/
  • @al3x
    A phone to save us from our phones, what with their "useful features" and "compelling apps". Windows Phone 7: You'll Rarely Want To Use It™.
  • @topfunky
    Used iPhone "Shake to Undo" today. Current score: Intentional: 1 Unintentional: 758
  • @topley
    Ruby's a bit mad really, isn't it? It's like the Alfa Romeo of programming (which is a good thing).
  • @chadfowler
    Working on a Struts app is a great reminder of the gift that Rails was to Web developers across the world. Thanks @dhh! #positivember
  • @leahculver
    There are two hard problems in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors. (via @ericflo)
  • @topley
    Objects may override the “toSting” method to return a pompous representation of themselves.
  • @topley
    Just as all programs eventually evolve to include email capabilities, all web apps eventually evolve to include a job board it seems.
  • @wycats
    protip: want to know what is requiring a particular file in Ruby -- puts caller on top :)
  • @pjb3
    %w[♠ ♣ ♥ ♦].map{|s| Array(2..10) + %w[J Q K A].map{|v| "%2s%s" % [v, s] }}.flatten
  • @chadfowler
    Class.new{def method_missing(*) end}.new.instance_eval { this tweet is a valid ruby program} # => nil
  • @topley
    Interesting quote from the Nokogiri README: “XML is like violence—if it doesn't solve your problems, you are not using enough of it.”
  • @topley
    Not starting a war, but if you want to be a great programmer and you only do Windows it's like visiting the Louvre and only seeing the shop.
  • @dhh
    @gilesgoatboy I AM JEALOUS! Terribly so, in fact. As I said, I wish I could pull that off with a straight face. Rails 3: It Does HTML!
  • @dhh
    SJ: "What this device does is extraordinary. You can browse the web with it." No fucking way? You can BROWSE THE WEB?!?! Shiiiiiit.
  • @jasonfried
    If you have a website then you're in the software business.
  • @danbenjamin
    In my day you were judged by the cut of your suit and the newspaper you read. Today it's all about your vanity URL shortener.

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