"Engineering Essentials": Gathering requirements and analyzing the problem space is at the heart of all engineering, not just software engineering.
"Perceptions of Engineering": Good engineering can sometimes appear as bad engineering from the perspective of trend-focused content creators.
"Situation-Specific Programming": A truly 'smart' programmer isn't someone who adheres strictly to a set of techniques or best practices, but rather one who can adapt to the specific needs of a project/job.
"Continuous Learning": Just like in engineering, being a good manager involves continuous learning and adaptation. However, the focus shifts from purely technical knowledge to leadership, communication, and management skills.
"Avoiding Overcomplication": There's a critique of "cargo cult" programmers who unthinkingly apply large-scale programming constructs to smaller scale tasks, which can result in unnecessary complexity.
"Microservices Misunderstandings": The misuse of microservices in projects can lead to unnecessary complexities and confusion about responsibilities between services.
"Overuse of Microservices": Pushing to microservice everything in a small company can create more problems than it solves.
"Programming Artistry": Programming often becomes more art than engineering or science due to the large variety of training everyone in the field gets, from university to YouTube tutorials.
"Misguided Learning": Many programmers, especially those from bootcamps or self-learning platforms, might focus too much on learning what's done at large companies, without understanding the necessity of gathering requirements and analyzing the problem space.
"Team Effort": Complex solutions are often the result of multiple teams working together, each focusing on a compartmentalized piece of the project.
"Complexity Inflation": Most complex projects start simple and become complex over time due to increasing demand and requirements.