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Dismantling the Barriers to Entry


Dismantling the Barriers to Entry, illustrative photo

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A war is being waged in the world of Web development. On one side is a vanguard of toolmakers and tool users, who thrive on the destruction of bad old ideas ("old," in this milieu, meaning anything that debuted on Hacker News more than a month ago) and raucous debates about transpilers and suchlike.

On the other side is an increasingly vocal contingent of developers who claim—not entirely without justification—the head-spinning rate of innovation makes it impossible to stay up to date, and the Web is disintegrating into a jumble of hacks upon opinions, most of which are wrong, and all of which will have changed by the time hot-new-thing.js reaches version 1.0.0.


 

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