http://www.paulgraham.com/avg.html — the Blub Paradox, from 2001.
As someone that works in SharePoint for a decade, the most recent changes to SharePoint Framework is far different from your memory of the monster that eats little children.
Modern SharePoint development is all about React/Angular with WebPack and open web tech. On the service side it is all REST, OAuth and WebHooks.
SharePoint is no longer trying to do its own weird thing, but taking advantage of modern web trends.