Laurie Voss recently wrote There's no such thing as the fundamentals of web development.
In that post, he makes the claim that there are two ways to disagree with him: on what fundamentals are, and on what web development is.
The beginning of the post is spent - ostensibly - showing how neither of those arguments apply. He also later frames any disagreement with his position as "gatekeeping" and "for the weak," which is convenient, since it's a built in ad hominem attack!
Anyway, in the section with the heading that reads "What is a fundamental?", the post goes into great depth making a comparison to vehicles. In fact, the entire section is about vehicles. It is not at any time about web development, but let's go ahead with talking about vehicles.
Let's begin with the easiest problem: the definition of "fundamental" that Laurie writes in his post is not supported by the source he says he drew it from.
I apologize for reaching for a dictionary definition of fundamental, but it is "forming a necessary base or core; of central importance"
serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function
of central importance
serving as an original or generating source
of or relating to essential structure, function, or factsand
also : of or dealing with general principles rather than practical application
serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying
forming the base, from which everything else develops
It's pretty clear that Laurie created a definition of "fundamental" that more readily fit with his premise that there are no fundamentals of web development.
If we take all of the primary definitions of "fundamental":
It's quite clear what would define a "fundamental": A basic thing that defines the underlying function. It would form a base, you know, from which everything else develops.
It does not spring forth fully formed in the same way that basic algebra does not spring forth fully formed. Sure, you can absolutely stumble into algebra on accident, but that doesn't mean that a number system with defined rules ceases to exist. The fundamentals are still there; you knowing whether the fundamentals exist or not does not change their existence.
Perhaps the second Merriam-Webster definition bears repeating here:
of or relating to essential structure, function, or facts
As noted, this section talks only about vehicles. It's a neat metaphor because many people understand cars and - sure - we'll go with it. The problem that I will gloss over for the sake of length here is that the car metaphor is never linked back to web development. The reader is left to connect all the dots for themselves, which is a clever way to tap into our motivated reasoning so that we can assign meaning and connection all by ourselves. We all think it means whatever we thought going in, so we nod along, building agreement momentum.
So if I'm glossing over all that, what is the real problem?
The problem is that this whole section is just about defining what a car fundamental is not. Let me briefly demonstrate what something is not:
Have you gotten it yet? It was a paper airplane.
A section dedicated entirely to defining what is not a fundamental of a vehicle does not magically prove that there are none, it merely proves that the non-exhaustive list of things hasn't yet included one. Since we've already gotten pedantic, let's be clear this is a ignoratio elenchi argument - an irrelevant conclusion. Sure, those are not the fundamentals for driving a car, what of it? It's a fun game to see how many more you can spot.
This entire section does nothing to prove that there are no fundamentals of web development, it merely defines a lot of what are not fundamentals of driving a car and expects the reader to conveniently connect some unrelated dots.
This isn't even my strongest argument, but it's the funniest one, so what the hell.
In Laurie's section about vehicles - meant to promptly dismiss our idea that there might be web development fundamentals by short-circuiting our brains to agree with unrelated nonsense - he writes this line:
Fundamental to driving a car is understanding how to operate it: what the accelerator does, what the brakes do, and what effect turning the steering wheel will have.
Expand on that, there might be something there.