vchelaru’s opinion is a VERY good one where he says, “I avoid the content pipeline unless using it is absolutely necessary.”
Make no mistake, he is not saying he avoids it entirely. He uses it when he finds it necessary. That is correct computer science practice when it comes to optimization.
Can anyone argue with Donald Knuth?
“The real problem is that programmers have spent far too much time worrying about efficiency in the wrong places and at the wrong times; premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming.”
So the advice to “use the Pipeline tooling from the outset so you get used to it” can definitely be disagreed with.