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It’s not like we’re doing any better with the client-side web development stack (to take one example).

Building simple composable abstractions and systems is just really hard, and takes a lot of practice and refinement. Unfortunately, programmers don’t necessarily get much practice before their designs become the foundation on which everyone else needs to work (for example, there is very little emphasis placed on designing effective software abstractions in academic computer science programs), and there’s often no easy way to go fix the defects afterward.




This is the most perceptive comment in the thread, IMHO.




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