February 9, 2024
When considering modern web development, I keep two images in mind.
This factory image captures how many devs approach creating websites: constructing an enormous, gleaming, automated system that can produce complex artifacts on a massive scale.
In contrast, an individual artisan working in a studio directly creates something simple but useful using their own hands and understandable tools. To me this second image captures the #smallweb/#indieweb spirit.
Factories aren’t always bad and artisans aren’t always good, but many devs can’t conceive of building anything without first making a big factory. “You’re creating that pot by hand?? Why, a gleaming pot factory could make a million pots a day!”
That’s ridiculous. A factory — even one magically built for you — can easily become a monstrosity you don’t understand but have to maintain. In many cases simple tools produce better results than a factory. And some of us like making things by hand!