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As I hand-code some validation in JavaScript for checking dates (an end date is equal to or later than a start date,) I can't help but think of something my high school football/basketball coach used to say. I'll admit, I forget the entire context but I think it was something he said while we were practicing. Coach knew that to have a good offense, the offensive team had to scrimmage against a good defense. For those of us on the defensive team, our job was to "keep 'em (our offense) honest" by practicing as we would play; by defending as though we were in a live situation with the game on the line. While it seems that gridiron defense and validating dates don't have much to do with each other, I can't help but think how hand-coding is keeping me honest as a web developer, especially in light of my recent experience with the .NET CompareValidator.