The Novel Developer

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The trend of re-inventing the wheel is on the rise. As new developers enter the industry, there appears to be a tendency to prefer the novel over the stable. I’ve seen developers favour one library over another simply by the number of commits or by how active it is. While I understand the desire to use libraries that are ‘actively’ maintained I do not understand the desire to use a library that is constantly changing. I would expect most developers would want their code to change more quickly than the libraries they are dependent upon. It struck me; they’re not in search of solutions or a way to add value, they’re in search of novelty.

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They’re in search of constant titillation and ‘gossip’. They need to be using something new to feel like they’re innovating. Using a different library or the latest js build tool is not innovative, at best it’s novel at worst it’s naive.

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We could be solving real world problems, business or otherwise. Instead, we’re moving from bower to grunt or gulp or whatever.

Beware the novel developer