Someone asked me on HN why I hated TeX. I thought my response deserved an article of its own.
Bottom line: TeX is a leftover from the 1980s. In the 1980s it was probably quite good. So was the Commodore 64, but you wouldn’t write your thesis on it in 2020, would you?
It’s a mess of multiple command line tools which run each other. None of which I understand or want to learn. tex, xetex, latex, xelatex, biblatex, texi2dvi, latexmk… What? Why must I care about this? Who’s in charge here?