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|XKCD cartoons are so clever that the Explain XKCD site exists to … explain them!|
|You may have come across XKCD line-drawing cartoons in your website travels, but did you know that there's also a site dedicated to explaining the science behind them?|
So you may know about the XKCD cartoon website, which includes my favourite techie cartoon of all time:
It helps to be an SQL programmer to understand this one.
I quite like this Excel cartoon too:
A summary of Excel's role in society?
However, what these cartoons lack is context (including a detailed explanation of the technology referenced in each cartoon). This is where Explain XKCD comes in. As an example, here's what the first cartoon above includes:
|Explanation||A summary of the principles behind SQL injection attacks|
|Transcript||The text of the cartoon|
|Trivia||Some interesting facts about the cartoon|
|Discussion||Threads in this include a discussion over whether Bobby or his parents are responsible for this SQL injection attack, and whether it is correctly coded.|
If you're looking for a quote to round this off, you can see some suggestions from XKCD (together with a commentary on why they're funny!) here.
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