Discussion on: If I don't use React, am I still a developer?

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Derek D

I love JavaScript and the front end but the dominance of React really has me second guessing whether I want to stay in front end for the foreseeable future. Don't get me wrong, I actually really like React, its API is simple (though maybe a bit convoluted with recent additions) and I like its concepts of immutability, however, it's the ecosystem that really turns me off.

Many will argue that the point of React is to be a small, extensible, library and judging it based off its often-paired packages isn't fair... But the vast majority of jobs utilizing React in the wild aren't JUST using React. I'd like the opportunity to work in a team that uses React heavily, just to have the experience, but I won't lie that, even as an experienced JS developer, it doesn't really excite me. I've developed with it a handful of times on some freelance projects at the customer's request but as much as people argue that, "React is just JavaScript," I can't help but feel like I'm just utilizing the "React way" to do things, not necessarily the "best" or "right way."