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Smashing Book #4 — New Perspectives on Web Design by Smashing Magazine

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How to Fix The Web: Obscure Back-End Techniques and Terminal Secrets

By Paul Tero

Illustration Paul Tero

Imagine that you wake up one morning, reach groggily for your laptop and fire it up. You’ve just finished developing a brand new website and last night you were proudly clicking through the product list. The browser window is still open, the Widget 3000 is still sparkling in its AJAXy newness. You grin like a new parent and expectantly click on “More details”. And nothing happens. You click again, still nothing. You press Refresh and get that annoying swirling icon and then the page goes blank. Help! The Internet is gone!

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