The Crazy and Wonderful State of Web Development
Lee Falin

Great write-up Lee!

I think it’s important to keep in mind that, as mentioned by Rob Larsen in his book The Uncertain Web (2014) that a lot of these initial ideas ran into a lot of kickback from the community. A good example is an initial vision that was presented to the W3C in June 2004:

“Web application technologies should be based on technologies authors are familiar with, including HTML, CSS, DOM, and JavaScript. Basic Web application features should be implementable using behaviors, scripting, and style sheets in IE6 today so that authors have a clear migration path. Any solution that cannot be used with the current high-market-share user agent without the need for binary plug-ins is highly unlikely to be successful.”

This idea was voted down (with 11 members voting against it and 8 voting for it). This, along with the crazy history of the web, is a sober reminder to keep an open mind, and hold off on knee jerk reactions to new developments (whether they be ReactJs or Atomic CSS), since we never know where the web might take us in 5 years. :)

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