JavaScript and Amway: An Analogy

I originally wrote this in late 2013, expecting it to be printed posthumously. Fortunately for all of us, I survived the Christmas shopping season.

A lesson on JavaScript using a business analogy:

Imagine, for a moment, that you are an emerging entrepreneur. Having questions about getting your startup off the ground – and being tech-savvy as you are – you head on over to – a community, made possible by Stack Exchange, of exceptionally talented entrepreneurs working together to share startup knowledge – to tap into the crowd-wisdom of other peoples experience.

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DataTables Anywhere

Have you ever been on Wikipedia – or some other such site – and found a large table of useful information, and become frustrated because you’re unable to do anything useful with the data? For crying out loud, it’s all right there! Why can’t anyone search, sort and otherwise modify the data right in page?

You can! Assuming you don’t mind getting your hands dirty…

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The Good Folks Over At:

When I first started doing web design and development (some 13+ years ago now), searching for information on the internet about how to do more than just the bare-bones basic things in HTML and JavaScript yielded no help whatsoever.  Even just learning about the basics was much more painful than it is today.

These days, the internet can spoon feed you tips and tricks I would’ve given valuable body parts to have found so easily back then.

But back then, I only had to worry about two browsers.  With the proliferation of browsers today, it’s nice to have a one-stop-shop for definitive support questions about browser support for emerging technology.

And that’s where the good folks over at earn my kudos. provides regularly updated compatibility tables for support of HTML5, CSS3, SVG and more in desktop and mobile browsers, including previous, current and future versions of those browser!

A fantastic resources that I use regularly and recommend to all!