re: Why I don't use web components VIEW POST

re: I'm sorry, but no, most of the points you defined are extracted from a bad usage of the technology. Then: 1 is not true. You can progressive enhan...

Thanks for the comment. We could go back and forth for a long time saying which parts of the other's post were wrong and which were based on misunderstandings, but I'll limit myself to this: if you're saying 'this is just how it is with the DOM/HTML', then you're making my argument for me!


Rich you are on point of fact incorrect on more than half of the article's points. However if figuring this out is not your aim it would naturally lead to back and forth for a long time. Not suggesting this is your aim, or that the points could not be corrected, and in a few cases are widely held misunderstandings. Your comment to back and forth suggests a very low level of interest in actually being open to figuring out how the thing really works so you might reconsider.


If we bring the topic at this level, you have all of these problem everywhere on the web platform, independently from the tool/framework used. React, Svelte, Vue, Angular... they all work on the web platform, they work with HTML, CSS and JS and share the same platform issues. So web components too share the same issue, but they can't be compared to what you do with React or Svelte. As i wrote here web components are on a lower layer, they aren't an abstraction that generate DOM, they are HTML elements, you write real representation of the DOM (and relative issues) through new html elements, not "logical" components.

Ok, so I'm a bit confused now...

If I understood what you said correctly, then you agree on the fact that web-components are just leaky abstractions built on top of other leaky abstractions, right?

Now, what you are saying is that they can't be compared with React or Svelte, because React, Svelte, Vue... do provide non leaky APIs that "hide" the platform by treating it as an implementation detail.

So, the aim of JS Component libraries is to make "the platform" an implementation detail, because we want non broken abstractions. We want to have clean contracts that allow us to encapsulate functionality, so that we can have composable and reusable things to work with, without having to worry too much about the leaky web-platform. That's (at least in part) why JS Component libraries were created, right?

But then the platform became jealous because we were "hiding" it. So one day it came out and said:

Wait a second! I see that you like to encapsulate functionality and stuff, right? But you don't have to ignore me for doing that! Please, let me create another leaky abstraction for you... Let's call it web-components! Now, please, please, please do not compare them with those things that hide my flaws. Just accept the fact that I'm broken and that I can only produce broken stuff. Just love my new broken abstraction as it is, ok? We all have flaws...

I think that I get it now. You have more compassion for the web-platform than I do. You feel sorry for it.

I have to say that I really respect your unconditional love towards the platform! But I don't share that feeling, at all.

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