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Are URL shorteners the new "hello world" app?

Yes. When I'm dealing with a new language/framework, I usually make a URL shortener. It's simple enough to not take long, yet represents a more useful learning experience than simply 'Hello World'.

I'll give a pony (and my girlfriends logo making skills) to anyone that makes a url shortener from scratch in Arc.

(when was the last time a hello world app got $2M in VC funding?)

In the 90's dotcom bubble? :-)

Far too often, unfortunately.

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