Frameworks, Libraries, and the Modern Web Developer: Web Development, Overdone
Post from July 28, 2017 (↻ June 5, 2021), filed under Web Development.
It’s exciting to be in our field, web development, almost since its inception, and to see it evolve. There’s no shortage in interesting challenges, yet here I wish to point to a more recent one, the problem of abstraction through frameworks and libraries and, generally, tools.
The abstraction, then, consists of frameworks and libraries and tools being mistaken for and—for all practical decisions like training and hiring—taking on the role of core technologies; and while it’s not that we don’t need or shouldn’t use frameworks and libraries and tools, the situation we’re in now requires us to focus more on the underlying technologies again (including cleaning them up) and to keep our sights on our craft and, you name it,—tailored quality for the long run.
Does this feel like some hush-hush hurry-hurry job to you, too? I had this in my drafts for a while but I don’t have the motivation to rewrite it. And then, something much more exciting is going to complement this post quite nicely—stay tuned. Therefore this must do, for a little moment. ✨
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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