Guess what? You created a Framework.

The Sharp Ninja
Oct 9 · 1 min read
I Shall Not Tell A Lie!

I just read an article here on Medium touting the lack of real cases where you need to choose a front-end framework. The author gives the standard platitudes of not really reusing anything so why bother with Vue, React or Angular? Then he proceeds with this:

The vast majority of projects I work on day-in and day-out use a simple Vanilla JS layer talking to a backend PHP script via AJAX. PHP handles the database operations or heavy business logic and returns what I want to my front end using JSON, and guess what? It works beautifully. — Ryan Nehring, Programming in the Time of Giants

Guess what? You created a framework.

Not that it’s bad that he created a framework, but telling people not to use frameworks but then using a framework only he gets to play with is disingenuous at best.

And I assume he’s using jQuery in his “vanilla” JavaScript layer, otherwise the man is a masochist. So, yeah, he’s probably actually using one of the Giants anyways.

The point?

Don’t write clickbait articles giving people bad advice and be disingenuous in the process.

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The Unpopular Opinions of a Senior Developer

Fads are fads, and the wheat separates from the chaff. The process of this happening is often filled with danger and despair as people dive into fads with the belief that the fad will solve all of their problems. I’m here to help with that separating of wheat and chaff.

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