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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Antipattern9.10 Cookie Monsters

Some technologies just beg to be misused. Take bottle rockets. No matter how many warning labels manufacturers put on bottle rockets, it’s still a firecracker with a handle. Ask Don Norman—handles are meant to be held.[72] You could take someone who had never seen fireworks in his life, and in ten minutes he’ll be holding them in his hand, shooting them at his buddies. It might be a bad idea, but it still gets rediscovered by every generation.

HTTP cookies stand right there with bottle rockets in the “things that invite you to blow yourself up” category. They have legitimate uses, but some of their abuses will make your ...

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