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How To Make A Snowball

Earlier I talked about why I created Yeti, the simple debt snowball calculator. Now I am going to talk about some of the technical decisions that went into the initial release.

Yeti Hunting

I just released a simple debt snowball calculator: Yeti.

Since college I have had many conversations about the best way to pay off student loans, credit cards, and mortgages.

If you only have a single debt, the answer is simple, spend more–pay it off sooner and save interest. The more debts that you have, the trickier it is.

A common approach is to use a debt snowball to gain momentum by focusing on single loans at a time and keeping the debt repayment amount constant after each is paid off. This creates a “snowball” effect where the money you were spending on a loan gets added to the next loan repayment and the “snowball” gets larger–debts get paid faster. Simple idea and a good way to pay off debts quickly. But did you know that the order that you pay off debts changes how much money you can save on interest?

Google AJAX Library CDN Versioning

It’s amazing what you find when you read the documentation. Since I always forget the address for Google’s CDN hosting of jQuery I have to search for it each time. This time when I found the address I was looking around a bit and found out this interesting tidbit that I didn’t know before about Google’s CDN for their AJAX libraries.

Specifying a version of “1.8.2″ will select the obvious version. This is because a fully specified version was used. Specifying a version of “1.8″ would select version 1.8.4 since this is the highest versioned release in the 1.8 branch. For much the same reason, a request for “1″ will end up loading version 1.9.1.

Google AJAX Libraries API Developer’s Guide