re: If I don't use React, am I still a developer? VIEW POST

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I'm with you on the React stuff. I work mainly back-end but sit next to React developers, and looking at what they do is... annoyingly daunting. I think it's because a lot of modern javascript is as terse as possible, and I think that's driven by a culture of wanting to be seen as clever, and that it's a Bad Thing for Everybody.

I mean, I know terse, I used to be a Perl programmer for crying out loud, but as I get older I find myself wanting everything to be clearer and closer to human-speak. It's like when people say they've made something as a "one-liner" which is really a bunch of semicolon-separated ternaries with variable names like a and b. Very clever, have a biscuit, don't bring that stuff anywhere near my codebase.

Going back to the title... well, React isn't ubiquitous. It's, am I an artist if I don't use acrylics?, not am I a painter if I don't paint?

I find myself saying I'm going to learn something in my spare time and then spending that time watching TV instead. I don't feel bad about it. I keep up with the things that interest me, and that might be a new framework or language and it might be the characters in Game of Thrones. I only have so many bytes of brain left, and I have to prioritise.

 

"... I think that's driven by a culture of wanting to be seen as clever, and that it's a Bad Thing for Everybody..."

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