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So long and thanks for all the bugs!

Paying tribute to a storied browser through the art of haiku.


With Microsoft finally ending support for Internet Explorer, some of our engineers spent a Friday afternoon crafting poetry and reminiscing on the browser’s 27-year legacy.


Ice Cube would be proud

Internet of old
I cannot render this page
Goodbye Felicia
— Jason Greely, Solutions Architect


A lesson in hubris and overconfidence

Exploring the web
But surfed too close to the sun
Bugs all the way down
— Ben Griffin, Sr. Software Engineer


Remember having a dedicated “Internet Explorer PC” though?

You thought you were done
Browserstack said you weren't
Booting Safari
— Kurt Medley, Sr. Software Engineer


We all know the feeling…

…as we scroll down to the browser support table. “Maybe this time will be different” we say, but that red rectangle never changes hue.

Caniuse anything?
Not while IE 11 needs support
I won't miss you, friend
— Harmony Hames, Principal Software Engineer
What a feeling to
ignore the IE column
when at caniuse
— Jake Rohr, Software Engineer


Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a boss or a client who would ONLY use IE6


Client says it's broke
Sigh, what browser do they have
More conditionals
— Ben Griffin, Sr. Software Engineer


Death: “It’s time to go”

IE: “Was I a good browser?”
Death: “The very best … at downloading other browsers”

From the early days
You were there, loading, crashing
Just go download Chrome
— Eric Jackson, Sr. Software Engineer


A name is a kind of ID, don’t you think?

I need this dom node
Thats not what I need
— Kurt Medley, Sr. Software Engineer


Scene: Friday 4pm

Dev: “Finally got that layout all figured out for the launch on Monday! Let me just check it in IE annnnnd … OH GOD NO”

Did you check IE?
No words have stolen more joy
At the end of day
— Kenji Crosland, Sr. Software Engineer


This one definitely got the most Keanu-whoa-face emoji reactions

Lost explorer hums
Eleventh sired, continues
hidden, on the edge
— Eric Gehner, Sr. Software Engineer


Clear both?

whole generation
of new web developers
what is a clearfix?
— Zachary Crumbo, Lead Software Engineer


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“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” – Oscar Wilde


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