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You should have realized this years ago, and made your peace with it. I think I made my peace at about 23, after over 10 years of programming and wading through this crap (and this process was frankly like coming out of a mild depression). I'll reiterate what I said in the previous discussion about Ryan's rant:

"Just about everybody knows that all our software is imperfect crap on top of imperfect crap, from top to bottom. Everybody, when met with a new codebase above a certain size, thinks they could do better if they started over and did it "properly this time". Everybody can look at a simple thing like a submit form in a web browser, and sigh at the inefficiencies in the whole stack of getting what they type at the keyboard onto the wire in TCP frames, the massive amount of work and edifices of enormous complexity putting together the tooling and build systems and source control and global coordination of teams and the whole lot of it, soup to nuts, into a working system to do the most trivial of work.

"But this is not a new or interesting realization by any means. It's not hard to point almost anywhere in the system and think up better ways of doing it. Pointing it out without some prescription for fixing it is idle; and suggesting that it will be fixed by wholesale replacement by another complex system is, IMO, fantasy."

(Things probably only seemed like they worked in the old days because you hadn't realized what was going on in the sausage factory; or it was an almost useless piece of hardware whose software did almost nothing, owing to its simplicity.)

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