😱 Falsehoods Programmers Believe in
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A curated list of falsehoods programmers believe in.
The logic of the world is prior to all truth and falsehood.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
Falsehood articles are a form of commentary on a particular subject, and are appreciated by the developer community at large for their effectiveness and terseness. They're a convenient written form to approach an unfamiliar domain by dispelling myths, point out common pitfalls, show inconsistencies and subtleties.
In a sense, Falsehood articles are a suite of wordy unit-tests covering extensive edge-cases provided by real-world usage.
](https://github.com/commerceguys/tax) - A PHP 5.4+ tax management library.
, and why your year may be wrong](https://ericasadun.com/2018/12/25/iso-8601-yyyy-yyyy-and-why-your-year-may-be-wrong/) - String formatting of date is hard.
Lots of things are said, written and believed about postdoctoral researchers that are simply not true.
and drops it.
](https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/Miscellaneous/Reference/NSPersonNameComponentsFormatter_Class/index.html) - Localized representations of the components of a person's name.
On character encoding, string formatting, unicode and internationalization.
Assumptions](https://manishearth.github.io/blog/2017/01/15/breaking-our-latin-1-assumptions/) - Most programmers spend so much time with
they forgets about other's scripts quirks.
](https://github.com/jakeogh/hostname-validate) - An attempt to validate hostnames in Python.
) because he gets so much mail.
](https://github.com/googlei18n/libaddressinput) - Google's common C++ and Java library for parsing, formatting, and validating international postal addresses.
](https://github.com/commerceguys/addressing) - A PHP 5.4+ addressing library, powered by Google's dataset.
](https://github.com/scaleway/postal-address) - Python module to parse, normalize and render postal addresses.
](https://github.com/Boostport/address) - Go library to validate and format addresses using Google's dataset.
](https://apenwarr.ca/log/20181113) - Part of a post on why file's
comparison could be considered harmful.
](http://geocar.sdf1.org/numbers.html) - A kind of falsehood on numbers, and floats vs decimals.
](https://www.2uo.de/myths-about-urandom) - There are a few things about
that are repeated again and again. Still they are false.
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