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Following your point of view, code-academy's approach is equally shitty. The airbnb "website" is not just a front-end with some HTMl/CSS and 4 png images that you've put together and will give you an airbnb clone.

There's a heavy backend, multiple servers to setup, manage and monitor. Then there are databases, SSLs configurations, privacy concerns, http requests that need to be routed, emails that need quick replies, fault-tolerance strategies, CDNs, authentication schemes, payment gateways, rating systems, backup schemes...

Did Code Academy teach how to handle all of the above or are you referring to a front page that I could fetch and regenerate in 20 seconds using curl?

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