Two “front-end web developers” can be standing right next to each other and have little, if any, skill sets in common. That’s downright bizarre to me for a job title so specific and ubiquitous.
I love this sentiment on using complex toolchains to reduce overall system complexity:
Sometimes it feels like releasing cougars into the forest to handle your snake problem. Now you have a cougar problem.
Or is the divide actually between frontend developers who give a crap about users and those who don't, regardless of tool stack? Some people prefer working on code than working with people, and that's okay, but when you're job is building stuff for people it leads to what I'd consider a poor work ethic (or at least a poor job fit). Right now, the industry seems okay with that, but perhaps it shouldn't be. As frontend becomes more focused on traditional engineering concepts, are we losing sight of its purpose: positive user experience.