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At some point this is thought to be too easy, too simple. So a developer comes up with a bright idea, perhaps to encode the emails because it is 'more secure', or to put it in XML because 'thats the way things are done these days' and he wants to put it on his CV, or to use some new technology, because its like playing with a new toy to him.
And it f***s up.
This is why oldversion.com exists. Because so many software engineers are twats, and I have worked with quite a few.
Th federal government is full of colons, and it doesn't work either. Maybe you're on to something.
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Most of 'em, it's homework.
And I'm not sure it's "honestly clueless" so much as "too lazy to bother" in many cases. I suspect that various government attempts to get everybody coding by making it a compulsory course is getting us a lot of visitors who have no interest in development, or indeed learning anything at all.
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To be fair I have recently come across one or two who are "honestly clueless". Either the teaching really is rubbish (probably) or they are just unable to understand the basics of programming (but think it's quick route to a well paid job).