Is Modern Web Development Too Complex?

As someone who has been in the industry for nearly as long as the industry has existed, the trajectory of modern web development is concerning. Oftentimes the “modern” tools seem overly abstract, interdependent and complex. The “modern tools” I’m referring are a range of technologies designed to improve development processes: dependency management (NPM, composer, etc),… Continue reading Is Modern Web Development Too Complex?

Good Morning 2002

Why not spend your morning engrossed in the sounds of a giant PC tower next to your head, like it’s 2002: Click here to display content from YouTube.Learn more in YouTube’s privacy policy. Always display content from YouTube Thanks hacker noon.

What is it about the nature of The Internet that makes internet success seem so attainable?

Is it the open/egalitarian nature of the internet? Literally anyone can start an open source project, youtube channel, blog, store, whatever.

Is it the fact that, as developers, we know the inner workings of the tech behind the latest hotness? Theoretically we could build them ourselves, right?

Is it the humble and approach demeanor that internet-successful people need to maintain in order to become and grow their personal brands? Being able to tweet at (or email) someone with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers and getting a reply (sometimes in real time) is incredible.

A few years ago, I found out that a successful podcaster that I’d been following from her earliest days as a podcaster, actually has an agent helping her to land podcasting gigs. I really wonder how often comparable machinations are happening behind the scenes of internet success?

 

Links for Today: Blunderyears

I thought about calling this one “nostalgia” but these links are just too embarrassing. 29 Raw Images Of The 1990s Rave Scene At Its Zenith Despite sometimes occasionally listening to a happy hardcore mixtape, I had almost entirely forgotten about the existence of “kandi kids.” r/blunderyears Redditors, posting embarrassing photos from their childhood. Chip &… Continue reading Links for Today: Blunderyears

The Problem with NPM

Whenever you run `npm install` it generates a local, project specific /node_modules/ directory with literally 10s of thousands of files and folders. Why?! WHY?! I understand that javascript is a simple scripting language, missing many features that are baked in to more traditional languages like PHP and friends. I understand that many node modules are… Continue reading The Problem with NPM