Preface

My programming career started in the mid-nineties as a web developer for a local school district. Web as in http, that is. Netscape Navigator was helping to grow the number of households with internet modems, because it was more advanced than anything else at the time. Netscape Navigator 3.0 (1996), and 3.04 (1997), helped households and businesses all over the world open up the internet for common uses. And there is no more common task than shopping! With the advent of e-commerce, the internet exploded with a capitalist gold rush.

I started web development in the public sector, ironically, where we leveraged the first threads of social networking by allowing school district graduates to collaborate with other former classmates. I started ...

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