Web App Development is Broken

By Sean Li - July 15th, 2013

Web Apps and Cities

Web applications are evolving fast and becoming part of our lives. We use them everyday, like checking Google Maps on our phones or chatting with our friends on Facebook. Unlike the conventional perception of apps on your mobile devices, web apps are a bunch of programs and services working together. I like Paul Graham’s analogy comparing web applications to cities in his book: Hackers & Painters. Designing a web app is like designing a city rather than a single building. Besides buildings, we also need to design roads, street signs, utilities, police and fire departments, and plans for both growth and various kinds of disasters.

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