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A New Hope

The force is strong in this one. 😊
Your words are wise.

I learned core JavaScript all the way back in 1998 and spent years with core web tech before frameworks and libraries became commonplace. I've forgotten more tech than I currently know, and I realized quite a while ago that new tech is not inherently better tech.

FOMO is a real thing, and it tends to hit young engineers and uninformed managers the most -- I definitely felt it as a young engineer. So, some teams/organizations spend a lot of time chasing the latest hotness, but they neglect to do meaningful cost-benefit analysis. And it's most meaningful when done at the team level since every team has its own unique dynamic. IOW, framework B may be a great fit for team X whereas framework A (say, the older one) may be best for team Y. It all depends on the problems you're trying to solve and the skill sets of the people doing the work.

Anyway, great post!