CodeSOD: Classic WTF: When the Query String is Just Not Enough


It’s a holiday weekend in the US, as as we prepare for the 4th of July, we have some query strings that are worth understanding. (original)–Remy

As Stephen A.’s client was walking him through their ASP.NET site, Stephen noticed a rather odd URL scheme. Instead of using the standard Query String — i.e., http://ift.tt/2shWpQU — theirs used some form of URL-rewriting utilizing the "@" symbol in the request name: http://ift.tt/2tBa5u4. Not being an expert on Search Engine Optimization, Stephan had just assumed it had something to do with that.

A few weeks later, when Stephan finally had a chance to take a look at the code, he noticed something rather different…

That’s right; every "dynamic-looking" page was, in fact, static. It was going to be a long maintenance contract…


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