The Web

The “Developer Experience” Bait-and-Switch

Alex Russel, software engineer for Chrome and sometimes harsh critic about the state of web performance, talks about how we're forsaking our users in favor of our shiny developer tools.
“These tools let us move faster. Because we can iterate faster we’re delivering better experiences. [...]”

This argument substitutes good intentions and developer value (“moving faster”, “less complexity”) for questions about the lived experience of users. It also tends to do so without evidence. We’re meant to take it on faith that it will all work out if only the well intentioned people are never questioned about the trajectory of the outcomes.
These kind of conversations should happen on a case by case basis; it's impossible to have meaningful discussion without context here. However, I do agree with the sentiment that our tunnel vision on developer experience (using heavy frameworks for no reason, pulling in a gazillion libraries,…) has a deteriorating effect on the user experience provided by our applications. We can and should do better.
JavaScript is the web’s CO2. We need some of it, but too much puts the entire ecosystem at risk. Those who emit the most are furthest from suffering the consequences — until the ecosystem collapses.

Vague, but exciting

Hidde de Vries, a freelance frontend developer from the Netherlands, had the honor to follow a lecture from no one else than Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web. Hidde recaps Sir Berners-Lee's talk about the history, current state and future of the web.
Berners-Lee first showed a virtuous circle: if all goes well the web lets people publish, which inspires conversation and more publications. This is the utopian scenario and we’ve seen a lot of this actually happen. The web community itself it s a great example of this, we teach each other stuff and good blogs inspire other people to start blogging.
The creator of the web warns about a dystopian future, where algorithms decide what we get to see on the web, which in turn narrows our view. It's time for a redecentralised web!