Music as an analogy for complicating thingsNovember 2, 2016 -
This song is The Ramone’s 1976 classic Blitzkrieg Bop.
It’s familiar, catchy, and four chords. You could only hear it once, and probably still hum it a week later.
Compare to this randomly chosen song by Steve Vai, playing a triple neck guitar. He’s one of the most technically adept guitar players in the world. I’ve set the link to start at 3m and 45s in, which is where I randomly clicked to see if this would be a good example to contrast by.
What you’re hearing is a dizzying array of notes that make a lot of sense to a small audience. It’s probably a fascinating scale that’s flying way over my head, barely sounding like music. I’m still impressed and entertained, but I couldn’t listen to this kind of stuff all day (no offense of course, it’s a matter of taste. Ramone’s aren’t favs either, and this is all way beside the point).
It’s maybe unfair to compare a simple song to the middle of a solo, but that’s how I feel about web development today. Maybe it’s a helpful comparison. Some people like technically complicated things, that’s ok. I’m not saying it’s wrong. Everything is great. You’re fine. There is a time, place, and audience for this kind of music and really byzantine front-end setup—it’s not always, everywhere and for everyone, but the need exists.
Thank a triple neck guitar equivalency front-end developer today.
Now play both songs at the same time and build some websites.
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This post was written by ArleyM