Me in 1996:

<body>My first website! I'm gonna be a website developer!</body>

Me in 2021: I have no idea what all that stuff in Node is for. All I know is that my boss says I need Node and gulp to compile this website to add a comma to a paragraph on a page for this client.


*a metric ton of errors appears*


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    i know that feel, used to plain HTML, CSS, JS the first times which I've impacted with JavaScript task runners and package managers it was traumatic and sometimes the npm ecosystem can still prove to be a bitch
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    ...while all we needed was flexbox to replace all other css positioning features, and jQuery to become internal part of JS...
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    But then JS took over everything
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    How can someone that has been developing since 1996, a total of 25 years, be confused about Node?
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    @AleCx04 Contrary to the popular conceptions people have about “all developers”, not everyone has the same career trajectory or is masterful in 7 languages and 20+ frameworks.

    At about the time Node came onto the scene, I had already temporarily switched tracks and did social media and public relations for a number of years. When I got let go, I decided to go back to development and found that so very much had happened since I left it for a while. I am not a fast learner and I have trouble retaining in memory a bunch of complex (especially mathematical) information and algorithms. So I’m still playing catch up.
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    As an aside, my verbal score on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale was 99th percentile in verbal, but only 20th percentile in logic and math. I only found that out after taking and failing Calculus four times in college while getting my business computing degree. The college told me to take the Wechsler to see if I could benefit from not having a time limit on my exams. It’s amazing to me that I even try to do anything in this field with all I have working against me on that front.
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    I feel you. As an official CSS god of devRant, I have a solution for you. Use web components without any bundler, you can import them just with <script type=“module”>.

    I understand that this is not exactly what industry requires now, but if you give yourself time to feel comfortable with that, there already are startups that adopt web components. Better even, there are people like Sara Soueidan who _only_ write code this way for any client, so it at least somewhat viable even today.

    If you need any kind of perspective on any web technology, just DM me.
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    @AleCx04 total years of experience don't count here. As with any specific piece of technology with there own concepts. You will matter it faster than other mortals that don't read the microwave manual. Yet shit is confusing as fuck and many pitfalls to fall in before you master it.
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    That's why I like hugo, it's basically the simplicity of html/css with the confort of skeletons, and no weird dependencies issues because someone removed the left pad implementation.
    Of course it's not always the best, but for most websites where you don't need user specific content you can have a pipeline.
    You can retrofit shopping carts and comments, but that makes it more complex.

    The problem is that it doesn't work if you're just coming onto the project.

    (This isn't an ad, I just like the tool, and it's FOSS)
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    Btw body inside head?
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    @kiki Oops. I was editing on my phone and missed that.
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    @stackodev the rant is 7 days old. Nobody noticed, including you, the author.

    I use my Asperger’s to my advantage on a daily 😉
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    @kiki tbh that may be realistic if that's the first website.
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    @satibel the author themselves disproven that
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    @kiki I saw that, I was just saying that it's something a new web dev hypothetically could have done.
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