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HN is basically Reddit for tech founders, so it tends to skew toward hype. And it's a small place, which makes for great echo chambers. Anything that makes it to the front page without being killed by admins, bots or users will probably be over-hyped.

Wrt over-using new tech: I've mostly seen this with hype directed at C-levels. Maybe one or two people on a team will pick up Rust or Go because they saw it on HN, but a year-plus slog will be initiated to implement a single Kubernetes platform that everyone must use, because a jagoff in a suit read a Wired article that said Kubernetes is the future of the internets. (Meanwhile, most of the devs don't use containers, pipelines are stood up in one-off Jenkins on shitty infra, the new "microservices" are really "distributed monoliths", and the security team is a guy nobody knows whose main occupation is writing drafts of best practices that nobody reads)

I think this will continue as long as we build tech by winging it, rather than doing case studies, analyzing solutions, and setting industry standards. And I'd argue another problem is cobbling together our own tools rather than paying for well-made ones. Because we're so interested in either getting things for free or writing them ourselves, really solid tools are rare.

This touches on something I've been thinking about a bit recently. It seems like software is undergoing a crisis of delivery, though I doubt that's new it still feels like there has not been much progress in delivering software that matters where it's needed.

I'm thinking specifically about the Crossrail project here in the UK where signalling has completely screwed the project https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/201...

Of course such systems tend not to be taking advantage of the newest tech but it feels like there's a lot of talk about how to achieve Netflix scale for simple websites with a few 100,000s of users and not much progress on delivering tangible, socially useful, software. Maybe it's selection bias and Rust is perhaps promising in this space but a lot of hyped technologies feel ephemeral or not useful outside of Web.

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