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Isaac Lyman

If I may be pedantic, the following is a valid website:


Yep, just an empty file. Consider yourself code-golfed. 😜

This is one thing I love about the "old web" though. You could literally start from zero and learn as you go. And you still can, it just takes a lot longer to catch up to the pack. Module bundlers, build toolchains, transpilers, frameworks...I love these things and the power they give me as a dev, but I am a little sad about what we've lost in the process.

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Chris James • Edited

Module bundlers, build toolchains, transpilers, frameworks...I love these things and the power they give me as a dev, but I am a little sad about what we've lost in the process.

They're not lost, they're still here! All those technologies we used 20 years ago still work just fine. In fact in a lot of cases they work better and are easier to use than the technologies you mention.

My blog is proudly "just" HTML and one CSS file. Works great.

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Thomas Pikauli Author

Ha! I was also surprised to see how forgiving the 'old web' is. It definitely had something magical about it, to have such a low barrier to get started. Especially as a kid. But in all honesty, I'm very happy with my modern tools too :)