> Tim Berners-Lee [inventor of the World Wide Web] and many others have called the design of the URL clumsy because we have host.domain— welcometothejungle.com—where it’s hierarchically going from lower to higher. And then we have the path component—/en/collections/behindthecode—which goes from higher to lower. We also use a mix of periods and slashes. So Berners-Lee proposed that domain/host/path—that is, com/welcometothejungle/en/collections/behindthecode—would be a better design. What are your feelings about that?
> I designed it this way for autocomplete. My vision at the time was that people would want to do autocomplete or they might want to just type part of the domain name and have it completed in a search list of the local environment. So it would not make sense to have the country code first. It had to be the least-significant part if you’re going to have any kind of reasonable search list or autocomplete. Imagine if we were to type “com.” and then wait for autocomplete. Out of 160 million choices, there would be a pretty long pull-down menu. So in the absence of any agreement or, in my view, cogent arguments about why the other way around made more sense, I did it that way.
This guy is my hero.
Eg, if you're searching for com/welcometothejungle/en/collections/behindthecode, just start typing "welcometothejungle" and autocomplete will find that substring and return the full URL.
Whats the issue with having the domain name, an essentially flat map from name to number, going from least general to most general, and a path, representing a file system tree, going from most general down its nodes to the most specific?
Is the argument they make up two parts of a url, and thus should behave the same way? Seems a bit superficial.
Nowadays most have disabled that option.
> I struggle to see that level of idealism in today's tech crowd.
I wonder if these two are connected. The people I know who have accomplished things are rarely those who look backwards or are quick to lose faith in others, young or old.
Of course there is idealism out there. Tons of it. The eco system is just seriously bigger now, and the money grabbers get most of the headlines so you have to keep up and know where to look.
That way I can maintain and guarantee 100% read uptime!
(I don't think it's weird that he's way off; I'm not criticizing Mockapetris, just correcting the stat. But your vehemence demands a direct response from me, and I'll provide it.)