Ask HN: Have we screwed ourselves as software engineers?

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  • polars

    Fast multi-threaded DataFrame library in Rust | Python | Node.js

    The new data tools I've seen are complex under the hood, but offer elegant user experiences, giving the best of both worlds.

    You referenced a 500 line Python script being refactored with Rust and make me think of the Polars project:

    Polars uses Rust to make DataFrame operations lightning fast. But you don't need to use Rust to use Polars. Just use the Polars Python API and you have an elegant way to scale on a single machine and perform analyses way faster.

    I'm working on Dask and our end goal is the same. We want to provide users with syntax they're familiar with to scale their analyses locally & to clusters in the cloud. We also want to provide flexibility so users can provide highly custom analyses. Highly custom analyses are complex by nature, so these aren't "easy codebases" by any means, but Dask Futures / Dask Delayed makes the distributed cluster multiprocessing part a lot easier.

    Anyways, I've just seen the data industry moving towards better & better tools. Delta Lake abstracting all the complications of maintaining all the complications of plain vanilla Parquet lakes is another example of the amazing tooling. Now the analyses and models... those seem to be getting more complicated.

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  • joystick

    The full-stack JavaScript framework. Updates on Twitter:

    > Will industry move towards simple solutions after experiencing this churn down the line or are we doomed forever?

    That depends on the individual developer. For example, I'm working to clean up the mess that has become app dev w/ JavaScript (, but I expect many will dismiss it short-term because it's not "what everybody else is doing" (despite being far simpler and clearer than the state-of-the-art).

    And therein lies the problem: groupthink. There are very few people asking "how do we simplify this" or "how can we make this more clear" and a whole lot of people trying to impress each other with their galaxy brain knowledge of unnecessary tech.

    The good news is that it's not a technical problem, but a cultural one. People are afraid to think independently and so they just go along with whatever the "best and brightest" say to do (which is usually an incentivized position due to existing relationships/opportunities).

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