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> All these kids want to do a bunch of busy work and for no good reason. It makes the feel productive.

This is pretty patronizing. Not everybody who uses these tools are "kids who just want to do busy work". In fact, I'd argue that "kids" (or more accurately, "new developers") are the least likely to want to do busy work, as they'd prefer to be able to build stuff fast. (And for the record, I feel like I suddenly started doing a whole lot LESS busy work once I got decent with React.)

I generally agree that "less is better", until you have to start re-inventing solved problems.

> I learned this lesson with Cucumber/RSpec/Caybara and etc.. I started asking why I had to use these over plain old TDD and so I used TDD for a month and I found out everything was totally fine.

RSpec is just a testing framework though? It's not something you chose instead of TDD...




>I generally agree that "less is better", until you have to start re-inventing solved problems.

I think the takeaway is that before you assume you have an "unsolved problem" due to all the buzz/hype around $HOT_LIB, study a little more, try it with the upstream, make sure it's really necessary before you get a tortured contrivance of a stack in place. Consider the cost of adding more dependencies and whether the functionality you're getting from the third party lib is really worth it.

Let's be honest, the core problems you're likely to run into on any given day are probably "solved" pretty reasonably by any language that's at the appropriate level for the problem space and has seen significant use over the last 10 years. You're more likely to be reinventing the wheel by pulling in $COOL_GITHUB_PROJECT than you are by taking a few more lines to implement with the stdlib.


> "kids" (or more accurately, "new developers") are the least likely to want to do busy work, as they'd prefer to be able to build stuff fast

You're grossly underestimating the proportion of new entrant workers in the ICT industry that don't have an aptitude for programming, and cover their tracks by appearing to be productive.




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