Let me set the scene - you are a Front End Developer who is so used to building Designs from scratch, and you are good at it. You have already been on similar journeys learning about jQuery, learning about Sass, about npm, bower and all the tools you are now proud to wield as a driven and professional developer.
A new nut you you want to crack is React.js. You think you are capable of understanding it though it looks daunting. It looks like software and you are not a programmer, you are a builder of things, a creative. You got into web design to bring beauty to the Web, not to be ruled by software. Well, I have good news. I have been on this journey too and from what I have found so far, React is trying to help us make things again. It is saying: 'Hey, you build what you want and when you're finished, hook me up and I'll connect you to whatever backend you want.'
Hey, you build what you want and when you're finished, hook me up and I'll connect you to whatever backend you want.
The only real way to get your head around all these new tools, frameworks and technologies is to source a bloody good book, which is what I have done. I can now look at code like this and understand what every line is doing, why we don't need constructors, how come we don't need to put file extensions on files we are importing etc.
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