The Seven Wonders of the Modern World

  • jQuery – A library whose elegance vastly exceeds anything else on the market to the extent it has redefined the Javascript landscape, has excellent performance, came on the scene with superb documentation.

  • Firebug – The tool that increased my web programming productivity by a factor of 3.

  • Web Developer Toolbar – Before Firebug, there was Web Developer Toolbar, an excellent way to inspect the page state that is still useful at times.

  • The Ajax Design Pattern – Yes, JJG didn’t come up with anything new and people were doing it before, but this was a “right time, right place” case where the name immediately spawned a massive community of people sharing ideas and experiences.

  • Firefox – Browser + Detailed Settings + Tabs (credit Opera) + Plugin Mechanism = developer’s best friend.

  • View Source – The ability to look under the covers, responsible for rapid accumulation of knowledge in web apps.

  • StackOverflow – Increasingly becoming the no-brainer search result for programming problems and a vast improvement over the cruddy SEOtastic train wrecks that went before it.

4 thoughts on The Seven Wonders of the Modern World

  1. I doubt jquery being in wonders. No harsh feelings but believe me, its not the ultimate js framework. There are more flexible and modular frameworks out there!

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