Saturday, 26 July 2008

The Power of ASP.NET

To all you web admins and coders of web servers: please make sure to fail gracefully. What does that mean? Well, you shouldn't present your potential readers with such hilarious demonstrations of your own incompetence:
HTTP/1.1 404 Connection: close Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 13:35:29 GMT 
    Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0 X-Powered-By: ASP.NET 
What's that? A decent 404 message? No! A decent 404 message should include at least an excuse, a clear description of the problem, (not everyone knows how to make sense of something like HTTP/1.1 404 Connection: closed.) and probably a sitemap or search resource to find the content the user came to your web page for in the first place!

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