Matt Steele

The neverending side project

Matt Steele, ruminating on the side project that he's been hacking on since 2011:

A long-lived side project gives you the chance to confront your old habits and see how far you've progressed.

Over the years, he's rewritten the Super Bowl Squares app 5 different times. One of his findings:

A long-lived side project also gives you breathing room to ask how much stock to put into trends. My original jQuery app still loads faster, has 60% less code, and (to my mind) is more understandable than my latest version built atop Angular 5. Have I actually made things better? Have we as an industry?

Good question!

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