Glad you enjoyed the article, I do my best to make them memorable :)

React (after a few solid months of using it now on a daily basis), is not inherently bad, and I think it’s a great way of getting people out of the jQuery spaghetti-code style and ease them into something object oriented that enforces ES6 and encourages testing so kudos to Facebook for introducing a library that many juniors are dying to get their hands on. It’s a step up and it’s in the right direction.

Having said that, I stand by what this article says: React is miss-sold, and once you learn React itself, you quickly realise, you need to learn a heap of other things as well, and there seems to be no end to these “yet another library”, and “oh, this other package” story. By the time you finish a solid app, you realise you’ve gone from React to Next.js and everything that’s in-between, from thunks to sagas, from React Router to Next.js Pages and you do feel like there’s simply no more noodle in your brain to deal with all of it.

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