Dynamic Linking Is Bad For Apps And Static Linking Is Also Bad For Apps

A recent question on the Swift forums prompted me to actually write this blog post I’ve been idly thinking about for a long time. These days, it’s common for apps to have external dependencies, but both statically linking and dynamically linking those dependencies comes with drawbacks. (This is the same thing as the title, only less provocative.) Why is there this tension and what can be done about it?