Happy Birthday, WWW — 30 years of mining a landfill for valid code

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The more flexible your solution is to cater to the needs of your user, the more successful it will be. “Survival of the fittest” isn’t about strength, but about adaptability.

However, if you work with a new-ish computer on a fast connection, you are most likely not savvy to any of these issues. Instead, you’re prone to pile up more and more dependencies and code to increase your developer convenience.

The web is a landfill of accumulated, unmaintained and often bafflingly bad code. And yet it works. This isn’t only the result of sturdy technologies driving it. It is — to a large part — browsers doing anything they can not to break the web.

These days browsers can’t ever break the web. Whatever you throw at them, something will show. And that takes a lot of work and we should thank browser makers more as that is something that kept the web alive.

So, when we celebrate the web today, I also think we should celebrate the people who built the technology that enabled it. Browser makers, framework creators, server-software creators and all the people working on the infrastructure of it.



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