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Discussion on: 🛠✨ Demystifying SSR, CSR, universal and static rendering with animations

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Reacting on something fluffy said:

I like to keep things simple, and have never cared for the artificial split between frontend/backend/full-stack for that matter.

I don't agree that the split is artificial at all. It's actually eminently practical to decorrelate presentation from data.

While you're perfectly accurate when you point out that 'old-style' SSR (i.e. Rails, etc.) doesn't necessarily follow the API pattern and pulls data straight from data sources (esp. databases), it's not a pattern I would recommend nowadays, where you might have multiple frontend data 'consumers' (website(s), phone apps, desktop apps, other APIs) for a single data 'provider' (your API, which is really a data aggregator, as you might be pulling data from a variety of sources).

With a monolithic design pattern, you would have to replicate the backend side for each consumer frontend. Admittedly, you could engineer your monolithic design to return, say, JSON as well as HTML and thus turn it into an API in addition to being a website, but that muddles up the whole idea of separation of concerns between data and presentation, which is the opposite of "keeping things simple" as you put it.