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My own two cents…

Thank you for this! As a rather extreme noob to JavaScript and web development, I greatly appreciate hearing this. In my research on where to start learning web dev, most sources recommend JS since it’s so prevalent in the industry, so I get started learning JS with a dabbling of jQuery for DOM manipulation. But then I’m constantly running into resources that go on about Node.js, npm, React, Angular, Bower, Browserify, etc. ad nauseum and they’re all presented like they’re basic prerequisites to developing in JS. Then the overwhelming fear and imposter syndrome set in and I get to the point where I almost want to throw my hands in the air and give up on learning JavaScript altogether, because it’s really “learn JavaScript plus all this other stuff before you can be a real developer” and I’m sitting here all like, “I don’t know if I can even tackle JavaScript, let alone all this other stuff.” So it’s refreshing when developers like you write stuff like this, so newbies like me can see that “all this other stuff” isn’t the be-all-end-all of being a developer.

Plus, do you know how incredibly hard and intimidating it is to be a new developer *wanting* to contribute to open source but unable to when every CONTRIBUTING.md on Github has a billion prerequisite steps involved just to install npm, install Node, install and configure React, configure, add plugins, add test suites, etc., just to be able to make a contribution. All this stuff also inflates the source code base to the point that I’m left wading through tons of files I have no idea what are making it nearly impossible correlate various parts of the web app together if a bug fix requires making changes in multiple places. So as a newbie to programming, if I want to contribute to a project I’m basically left with very simple typographical changes in files like README.md and whatnot.

So thank you. This article helps alleviate some of the claustrophobic fear of learning JavaScript and reduces some of the pressure to learn all the framework flavors of the month.

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