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Innovating beyond libraries and frameworks

Nils Norman Haukås:

I have been a big fan of the write libraries, not frameworks argument for a while now. Lately, I’ve come to ponder that there might be a fruitful expansion to this argument, that we should start to value principles over patterns, patterns over libraries, and libraries over frameworks.

I don’t disagree!

The challenge with principles & patterns is they are more difficult to formalize (and communicate) than libraries & frameworks because they’re by nature less specific and more meta (lowercase “m” ftw).

In other words, libraries & frameworks are an end product. Principles & patterns are means to an end. It’s easier to ship a product than to ship the means to it.

The latter is the realm of documentation, education, and conversation.

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