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Helpful Error Pages

Here’s a bright idea from our friends at “37signals”: makers of “Basecamp”: and “Backpack”: really sweats the details. In fact they wrote an “entire book”: on “defensive design”.
When checking my Backpack page recently (it’s my default home page), the site had a bit of a hiccup and I got this message:
Backpack 404
Now isn’t that a whole lot better than a generic 404 error or spitting out code from a database error?