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User Interface Design for Programmers by JOEL SPOLSKY

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CHAPTER14Relativity:UnderstandingUI Time Warps

When you write software, you have to remember three rules:

  1. Days are seconds.
  2. Months are minutes.
  3. Seconds are hours.

Confused? Don't worry. I'll explain in a minute. But first, a book review.

In 1956, Robert A. Heinlein, the Grand Master of science fiction, wrote a book forboys called Time for the Stars. It's been a long time since I readit, but here's what I remember. A fairly mysterious organization called the "Long Range Foundation" is planning an interstellar space trip at a velocity pretty close to the speed of light to search out new planets to colonize. In order to communicate between Earth and the rocket, they can't use radio, of course, because it would be limited to the speed of light, ...

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