But all seriousness aside, there’s always room for some kittens.
James spent a weekend creating Placekitten as a joke. It’s a simple tool for developers who need placeholder images to put on their works-in-progress, so that there’s something there for clients to see.
They’re the same clients who – inevitably – haven’t supplied the images and copy that they said they would.
Placekitten combines those essential placeholding functions with non-essential and entirely whimsical kitten-browsing ones. Mission accomplished, and as Mark James pointed out to fellow readers of Hacker News, point demonstrated: the internet likes kittens. Who’d have thought it?