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Why Do We STILL Have Ugly URLs?

Look at this (asp) monstrosity!!

http://www.jhm.org/ME2/Sites/dirmod.asp?sid=&type=
gen&mod=Core+Pages&gid=A6CD4967199A42D9B65B1B08851C402B&SiteID=
8112722C039B4E508F0AB8552B898895

Who spec’d this site? Oh wait, that assumes someone knew what they were doing and didn’t simply leave all decisions to programmers.

When I worked at Boeing 10 years ago, we developed a simple system to “marry” human-readable URLs (in this case, something like http://www.jhm.org/about/pastor_hagee.html) to the database gibberish reflected above. TEN years ago! And how long has TinyURL and SnipURL been around? Gads. The more we go forward we actually go backward?

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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