Writing by Peter Hilton

Articles tagged ‘software’

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Use a money data type

Why your software should handle money amounts separately from other numbers • 2022-04-12

Use a currency-specific number of decimals

Why a money amount isn’t just a number • 2022-03-08

Populate country lists carefully

How to source a list of countries to use in software • 2022-02-01

Localise names with the CLDR

Using the Unicode Common Locale Data Repository’s standard translations • 2022-01-25

Internationalise data

Better software through commoditised domain modelling • 2022-01-18

Default to the browser’s preferred language

Don’t set the web page language based on location • 2022-01-11

Publish data using the CSVW standard

Use W3C’s ‘CSV on the Web’ (CSVW) standard to make data accessible • 2021-12-28

Create RFC 4180-compliant CSV files

How to solve the worst comma-separated values (CSV) problems • 2021-12-23

Pluralise text correctly

User-interface content design details matter too • 2021-10-12

What to put in a README

How to minimally document software • 2021-03-23

Allow varied national telephone number formats

Why telephone numbers don’t add up • 2021-02-23

Respect people’s full names

Don’t call someone’s name ‘invalid’ • 2021-02-16

Forgive user input in the wrong format

Don’t make people normalise data manually • 2021-02-02

Omit salutations in automated notifications

Don’t waste time on fake greetings • 2021-01-26

Build unisex software

Don’t ask people to tell you their gender • 2021-01-13

Implement a zero-bug policy

How to manage bugs during software product development • 2021-01-05

Validate email addresses to level 4

First person to say ‘regex’ loses • 2020-12-01

Allow all printable characters

First person to say ‘special characters’ loses • 2020-11-17

Use localised language names for language selection

Don’t use flags for languages • 2020-11-03

Sort every collection you display

Unsorted is never the right order • 2020-10-20

Numbers that aren’t numbers

‘Numbers’ that you can’t represent numerically • 2020-09-29

Software review: Shipright

A single source of truth for your customers’ product feedback • 2020-07-01

Software review: Delibr

Structured writing for feature documents • 2020-05-19

Software review: productboard (roadmaps)

Sharing product roadmaps in @productboard • 2020-04-07

Software review: productboard (insights board)

Capturing customer feedback in @productboard • 2020-03-31

Software review: productboard (features board)

Managing a product backlog in @productboard • 2020-03-25