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Technical wanking

Technical wanking is the practice of using cool and new technology because — well — it’s cool and new. But it’s better to choose technology on merit.

I first heard the term in 2010 when I was building my first Single Page Application (SPA). We were using “cutting-edge” libraries for client-side templating and other bits; we also wrote our own client-side router.

The administration system we were building didn’t need to consider SEO, and only needed to work in Chrome. The application contained various CRUD interfaces with a few rich interactions around it sich as drag and drop and sorting

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