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By What’s On the Air Company — What’s On the Air, July 1930 (page 45)

Have you ever heard about theremin? If you’re into spy stories, you’ve probably heard of The Thing, a listening device developed by Leon Theremin. If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, this name probably rings a bell (pun intended!):

Pretty neat, huh? And you know what’s even neater? It’s possible to build one in JavaScript! Cool, right? And that’s not even the best part. What do you think is the best way to control the pitch? The mouse? Come on, that’s so 1992. A true theremin should be controlled without the need to touch anything. …

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This is what frontend apps looked like before 2016 (Photo by Hulki Okan Tabak on Unsplash)

Front-end development has always been a bit of a younger brother in the web apps family. While front-end developers wandered about with their beanies, moustaches, MacBooks and fancy coffee, developing exciting new flashy web sites with their 15 minutes-old JavaScript frameworks, their colleagues from the back-end department couldn’t help but look at them pitifully thinking: “oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know about web development”?

Backend developers are a bit like ”The Simpsons” TV show — whatever you think of, the Simpsons already did it. React server-side rendering was a thing a few years ago. So what? Java had it at least 15 years earlier. Reusable components? Yawn, old news for the backend. Reactive programming? …

Piotr Jaworski

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