I dig React. My favorite feature of React is the emphasis on building small blocks of UI in JSX, and then combining those pieces together to create an app.

Two years ago I wrote about how the choice for Vanilla JavaScript is more compelling than ever before because of new technologies such as Fetch, Promises, template literals, and ECMAScript Modules. That last one is key, because at the time of my post no browser actually supported module loading.

Today, the situation is thankfully much different. Edge 16+, Chrome 61+, and Safari 10.1+ all support ES Modules natively! Firefox is the…


ECMAScript’s latest spec makes a compelling case for developing without heavy libraries or frameworks.

Update 1: This article is targeted at front-end devs that work in the browser, so my definition of “vanilla” JavaScript includes other APIs like the DOM (as the original vanilla-js.com site does.) I apologize for the confusion this might have caused.

Update 2: I buried the lede a little so I want to make it clear that I’m advocating here for responsible library use. As the subtitle mentions, my aim is to get people using heavy libs and frameworks to reevaluate their needs in light of new features added to ECMAScript and the web platform. Sorry for the confusion!

I’ve…

Andrew Rabon

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