Ask HN: Is web programming just a series of hacks on hacks?

Ask HN: Is web programming just a series of hacks on hacks?
374 points by barefootcoder 6 hours ago | hide | past | web | 265 comments | favorite Been doing application development, primarily backend development, for a number of years. I’ve always found it quite easy to move up and down the stack and work anywhere from UI down to the bare metal in a number of environments and languages, and always the ‘fast learner’ who quickly knows the system inside-out, even when thrown into some area that I’ve never seen.Lately I’ve been doing some web development on a fairly long-lived and large code-base, but I’m finding it MUCH harder to wrap my head around than application development ever was. I think my difficulty is that the whole environment feels so… HACKISH… everything is a horrible hack on top of a horrible hack. (yes, I’m familiar with the history,


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