I kind of agree with you Mark. I think hooks are really powerful, which makes them easy to abuse. An 'experienced' React programmer can make components unnecessarily complex just to be 'smart'.
And like you say, that would be a huge pain for beginners. The class structure is much easier to read in that sense. But having used React for a bit longer now, I do appreciate what hooks allow you to do. You really feel more in charge of your components and logic.
I guess with great power comes great responsibility :)
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