In this text, I’m going to list a bunch of things that we do in software that were terrible, terrible design decisions that are invisibly causing everyone tremendous amounts of pain.
Imagine if we used plain-old functions rather than bash scripts.
That way, applications would expect arguments in a regularized way, rather than this weird
-xvft types of annotations that have inconsistent conventions and silent failure.
I get that everything is a file is a string, but positional arguments and data-structures are way better than weird APIs that you have to figure out with
man, and whose APIs cannot be “discovered” by other services without taking a lot of effort to craft the API in your language-of-choice.
I have a lot to say about JSON, and how our services communicate in general.
More on that eventually.