The article the Sad State of Web Development may hyperbolic to the point of excess, but it’s more right than it is wrong. It’s all too often these days that I realize I need twenty gems to get a Ruby web app up and running, or that installing a project’s frameworks takes ten times as long as the bug fix that I’d set out to accomplish, or that I can finish an app without a framework in a quarter of the time it would’ve taken me to read its “quickstart” docs.
The author gets to the heart of the problem here:
Finding that perfect balance between functionality and simplicity is incredibly difficult, and nobody’s gotten it right so far 1. As developers, all that we can do is endeavor to build tools that are powerful, composable, and practically effective, while rejecting overdesign and complexity as best as we can.
1 Go’s probably gotten the closest so far, but even there they managed to botch very important things like their HTTP handler signature despite having a lot of years up on the competition to think about it (i.e. in that it’s missing any kind of request context). Everything’s a work in progress.
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