I’d argue you’re more of one if you don’t use a framework. The lower level stuff is generally the hardest.
I don't think using a framework makes you less of a developer, if you ONLY know how to work within a framework then that's a problem, but doing lower level stuff doesn't mean you're good or anything, I've seen very bad implementations of assembly, and attempts of programming languages
Not saying anyone is less of one, just that knowledge of the language underneath can go a long way.
Writing my first webapp that I felt was good enough for public use was a beast. AngularJS is annoyingly over-complicated, IMHO.
Refactoring the entire thing and getting rid of AngularJS for the sake of speed (and simplicity in updating) was an even bigger beast to deal with, though calling the refactoring 'absolutely worth it' is an absolute understatement. It's less total code, and I know what ALL of it does and how.
and that's why I still stick with Angular regardless of the challenges I face
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