Web Development Has Come a Long Way
The late '90s aren't exactly ancient history, but in the Internet world they might as well be. Imagine a time when Google was not a household name, there were no wifi hotspots and a phone could only be used to make phone calls. When I first started doing web development in 1999, the resources at my disposal were nothing at all like what we have to work with today.
In addition to these fantastic advances in web development, there is such a vast wealth of information available today that finding or inventing new ways of augmenting websites is quicker and easier than ever.
One has to believe that experience gives a valuable understanding of what is happening behind the scenes on the web. That said, I don't miss the old days, at least not when it comes to web development.