It just dawned on me that social media is exactly like a . Think about it — we’ve got characters/personas, bots, cheat codes/walkthroughs and black markets that sell accounts, followers, and clicks. (was on the shady side of the net today)
, it’s a fascinating demonstration of psychological prowess that corporations have convinced everyone that programming/computing is hard.
People are smart, take what they can get, and deal with a lot of computing frustation. Software is bespoke enough that technically you have to “program” in roundabout ways to get useful things done (generality).
If you’re not trying to pad a resume, one of the best kept secrets to being quick with a computer is to just use “complete” programs/primitives.
Unfashionable programs with low ecosystem churn that allow quickly and predictably producing similar quality software/architecture as modern high churn ecosystems are “complete”, .
One reason my web traffic statistics are public is to demonstrate why having a website might not be worth your while. Sometimes I’m asked to make a website/application but the person asking is none the wiser on Internet trickery and deception.
You think you want a website, but what you’re really looking for is marketing (network effects) for your product or skill set. It’s great when a sad ending is averted.