Where are we? This feels like a blog.
One of the fascinating things to watch is the development of HTML/CSS/JS. In my mind, HTML was a more simple and direct way to build web pages.
You didn't need complicated languages or compilers or indepth programming knowledge. It was straight forward logic.
now about 20+ years old, worked well within this landscape. I could code and debug in Classic ASP from a text file. You tend to learn more,
faster when you have to fix your own mistakes. It took less than 10 lines to write "Hello, World".
Then programmers got involved
For me, ASP.Net
was not as friendly. You couldn't code in a simple editor. You had to learn Visual Studio and set up an entire structure.
It just felt like programmers taking over a simple project and making it more complicated.
Mind you, my late husband was a skilled programmer -- assembly, SAS, shell, C, C++, Java -- picking up languages as they evolved. He also
understood hardware. In my line of work, I was the conduit who interpreted what the programmers did, coding it to work for the customer. That is a level
of expertise on its own.
And they dummied it down
My current and only hosting provider, Network Solutions, still supports Classic ASP, which is considered a "relic" by its support people.
This led to my search into hosting sites, which all seem to be pushing user-friendly web building packages. Hosting for the masses. Nothing wrong
with that and quite profitable, I suspect.
You choose a pre-designed template page with limited customization of text, images and pre-set styling. I find false limitations frustrating. Why
can't I add my own stylesheet, tweak the size or move that object 20 pixels to the right.
This led to some research on which packages allow HTML coding. For my purposes, WordPress
seems best fit. But am still testing that ...
But HTML is fighting back ... oh, joy!
Check out the Introduction to Web Components
by Caleb Williams over at CSS-Tricks.com.