I dislike the consequences, but I agree with the decision.

Why a developer has to be fired because of his insistence to use a pronoun gender?'s not the use of the gendered pronoun that's at issue (that's just sloppy), but rather the insistence that pronouns should in fact be gendered. To me, that insistence can only come from one place: that gender—specifically, masculinity—is inextricably linked to software...

Effectively, a gender is inextricable linked to a noun, as you - dearest reader - well knows.

There is a plausible reason, then, to understand the decision made at Joyent, one of the most brave and innovative companies in the net in our days.

I do not guess, in contrary to some respectful opinions, that the misunderstood came because of whether he understood what was being asked of him because English wasn't his native language. Personal pronouns exists in every language, even if they are not implicit neither visible.

One might be an excellent programmer, but if that one does not understand the basics of semantics in the natural language - i.e: the power of a pronoun - it hardly will be able to complete or enhance a code written, or a system language. Coders write code, they do not compile that code.

And this what making good software - though that good design - is all about: About making the invisible, visible; in a way that one cannot see it but you feel it.

Read more about this, here, and there.

Going RWD with JQuery Mobile

The JQuery Foundation presents here a couple of well counseling points, useful if you are willing to develop an app using the now-famous responsive web design technique.

My favourite one, number three:
Choose the breakpoints based on your content, not a specific device
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