How web development changed for me over the last 20 years
Jürgen Gutsch - 08 July, 2016
ASP.NET MVC came up and the web stuff starts to feel little more naturally again, than ASP.NET WebForms. From an ASP.NET developer perspective, the web changed back to get better, more clean, more flexible, more lightweight and even more naturally.
Now we got ASP.NET Core, which feels a lot more naturally than the classic ASP.NET MVC.
Naturally in this case means, it feels almost the same as writing classic ASP. It means using the stateless web and working with the stateless web, instead of trying to fix it. Working with the Request and Response more directly, than with the classic ASP.NET MVC and even more than in ASP.NET WebForms. It doesn't mean to write the same unstructured, crappy shit than with classic ASP. ;)
- It helps you to write small modules and structured code
- it helps you to write NodeJS compatible modules
- You will just focus on the features you need to write
The web technology changed, my technology stack changed and the tooling changed. All the stuff goes more lightweight, even the tools. The console comes back and the IDEs changed back to the roots: Just being text editors with some benefits like syntax highlighting and IntelliSense. Currently I prefer to use the "Swiss army knife" Visual Studio Code or Adobe Brackets, depending on the type of project. Both are starting pretty fast and include nice features.
Using that light weight IDEs is pure fun. Everything is fast, because the machines resource could be used by the apps I need to develop, instead by the IDE I need to use to develop the apps. This makes development a lot faster.
Starting the IDE today means, starting cmder (my favorite console on windows). changing to the project folder, starting a console command to watch the typescript files, to compile after save. Starting another console to use the tools like NPM, gulp, typings, dotnet CLI, NodeJS, and so on. Starting my favorite light weight editor to write some code. :)