Why the heck do I have this website?

Back in 1998 I looked into my Microsoft Outlook folder of emails that I had labeled "Humour." This was back when everyone was sending jokes around to everyone else, and I had something like 2,000 emails in my humor folder.

I wanted to figure out how to build database driven websites, and here I had a big-ass database. So I dumped the folder to a Microsoft Access file and built a website using PWS (that was Microsoft's "Personal Web Server" that came with Windows 98). A little asp code, a few hard-coded queries, and I was on my way.

The site has been rewritten in so many languages and tools over the years I couldn't even tell you what it's been and what we've done with it. I can tell you that I've kept the same file names (joke.asp?Joke={id}) so Google keeps finding the same jokes in the same place, which might account for all that Google traffic.

I keep using Jokeindex as a place to test new stuff. Sometimes it’s a social media widget, sometimes it's building an API for testing (having thousands of records collected over more than a decade is kind of an interesting asset rather than using stubbed data), sometimes it’s self-promotion.

So, thank you to the thousands of people who visit this site every day. I won't try to sell you anything because I've already got more than I could ask for -- a huge, diverse database to play with, a reasonable load of traffic to test, and one of the longest running social media tests on the Internet.

And, if you're looking for an Enterprise Architect or Chief Evangelist, check out my personal site at michaelbissell.com.

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