Peter-Paul Koch (PPK):
That’s the problem. Remove the tools, and we’ll recover speed.
I agree with the fear that Koch describes as growing among the web development community, as well as part of the problem being the shift of back-end developers to working on the client side.
I think the fear part is genuine, and I feel it myself.
I’ll confess to having absolutely no clue as to what is going on anymore with front-end web development, despite it being my first job, and a subject I’ve taught for years. It would be bad enough if the problem was just lack of experience, but what I all-too-often observe is a sneering attitude about perfectly common-sense ideas like “progressive enhancement.” And that includes web development instructors I’ve met.
Lately I’ve been trying to just ignore the whole thing. (Which isn’t really working.)