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https://www.usenix.org/system/files/1403_02-08_mickens.pdf — a jolly but sad rant against the current state of Web technologies.
«Describing why the Web is horrible is like describing why it’s horrible to drown in an ocean composed of pufferfish that are pregnant with tiny Freddy Kruegers—each detail is horrendous in isolation, but the aggregate sum is delightfully arranged into a hate flower that blooms all year.» ‎· 9000
«When you’re a Web developer, CSS is just one of your worries. The aggregate stack of Web technologies is so fragile that developers just accept a world in which various parts of a Web page will fail at random times.» ‎· 9000
«Discovering why this [Javascript popularity] happened is similar to understanding the causes for World War I—everyone agrees on the top five reasons, but everyone ranks those causes differently.» ‎· 9000
«Such an initial semicolon is called a “defensive semicolon.” That is the saddest programming concept that I’ve ever heard, and I am fluent in C++.» ‎· 9000
«In summary, Web browsers are like quantum physics: they offer probabilistic guarantees at best, and anyone who claims to fully understand them is a liar.» ‎· 9000