Programmers should be lazy, but not at the expense of user experience

Hold on Cowboy

This blog post is pretty old. Be careful with the information you find in here. It's likely dead, dying, or wildly inaccurate.

Has this every happened to you. A form wants you to enter in your phone number… OK, let’s be honest, there are 20 different ways you can enter in your phone, but as far as a computer is concerned it’s just interested in the numbers.

So that means stripping out the non-numeric characters is trivial….

So why do so many sites do like this stupid site…. make you enter in a phone the way THEY want you.

This example is so trivial to solve… a quick search can find you the answer in any language (PHP, JavaScript)

Please stop punishing users who sometimes have no choice but to use your software.

Did this help you out? It took me a few days to piece together all this information together, I hope this saves you some time (who knows, maybe the future me will be thankful I wrote this down). Let me know your thoughts. shanestillwell@gmail.com