Hi guys, I registered here to share my sentiment about the current state of web development and ask for advice.
I started my adventure with web development long time ago (IE6 times, precisely) and I used to enjoy it. I'm a full stack engineer, with quite a lot things in my stack (Python, PHP, React, Vue.js and many more). But in my opinion, things have been steadily changing for worse in the last decade. I can't stand it anymore.
My biggest problem is that there is too much tooling, maintenance and learning 3rd party solutions. I used to spend hours on solving creative problems, but today most of the day is being spent on fixing issues with libraries. Getting errors I don't understand. Some of them can be fixed with Google searching, some can't - depends on the popularity of a tool. The worst part is that I don't care about these tools. It's not creative nor fun to spend time analyzing someone else's tools. I want to be a code artist, not a "client" in the library shop. Web development got way too technical and "serious" for my taste.
Does it make me a bad web developer? I will appreciate your honest opinion. Or maybe I should focus on smaller field? I feel so overwhelmed.
And here comes my other question - does anyone feel the same? If so, have you found an alternative? I'd like to stay in the industry, but instead of studying tools forever, I'd like to focus on solving the actual problems and create cool stuff. Modern web development made me miserable.
Thank you for any feedback.