7 may 2024

"A key requirement for effective labour arbitrage is that the employees can be treated as interchangeable components. Jobs that require expertise lend themselves less to arbitrage than jobs that don’t.
MongoDB’s popularity among managers during its peak was largely down to the idea that you no longer needed a database expert. Electron, PhoneGap, and React Native promised to let companies replace their expensive platform specialists with more commodified generalists.”

React, Electron, and LLMs have a common purpose: the labour arbitrage theory of dev tool popularity

The evolution of software development over the past decade has been very frustrating. Little of it seems to makes sense, even to those of us who are right in the middle of it.

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