Everything that we knew about web development was WRONG!

Date published: Friday 1st of December 2017

Folks,

I have spent the best part of one year learning. It's basically my life. At this point in time I have no clients, no income. I have no leads. All I do with my time is wake up and then learn about web development. It has been that way for most of the year.

Wanna know what I learned?

Well, hang onto your hat because I learned that everything we knew about web development is wrong!

Let me be clear, I'm not saying that I'm better than you or you're an idiot or anything. Far from it. I think OOP, test driven development, normalization and all that other... ehhh.... NORMAL stuff, is pretty good. It's certainly very smart and I applaud anyone who takes the time to learn and do those things.

However, there is a huge white elephant in the room. Huge companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft have figured this out - but it'll take about another five to ten years before the web development community in general catches up.

Wanna know the biggest untold newsflash of the entire IT community, that nobody is talking about?

Here it is:

The processors are not getting any faster!



Now, I'm not going to go into this here and now but the upshot is that we have just about reached the limits of what a computer processor is capable of. Those who are really into this topic happen to think there's a limit on how many processors we can stack (talking about quad core etc). Now, if that's the case then it has huge implications for how web development is handled in the future.

As the human race continues to consume more and more data, the demands on our IT systems will continue to grow exponentially. Now, don't get me wrong - OOP is great. However, those huge lumbering, interlinked OOP systems are impossible to scale at any useful speed. So, the ONLY option we're going to have is to ditched OOP and switch to functional programming.

This is a change that will be difficult to swallow for a lot of developers. If you come from a Rails or a Laravel type background then you're in a for a very rough ride. I think I know what's coming up and if I'm right then it's VERY different to what those two particular communities are doing.

So, remember folks - 99% of the web development community are doing it wrong. We need a new way of building apps and everything I'm saying is NOT based on opinion but entirely upon the inevitable computer performance ceilings that stand before us all.

Peace, love and vegetables,

DC

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