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Modern JavaScript for the Impatient: view on libraries?

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Hi Cay,
I was wondering what your view of various Javascipt libraries is ?
The options out there are mind boggling. It's sort of exploded in the last 5 or so years.
Does your book cover any  in particular or behavior differences between browsers ?

In the past, I've had some frustrating experiences with JQuery in particular ( behavior in different browsers and also inconsistencies with different versions of JQuery) .    

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Hi Paul,

I purposefully do not cover specific libraries other than those that are ECMA-standardized. I don't want to rewrite the book whenever the library landscape changes, which seems to happen with distressing regularity.

As for jQuery, I stopped using it some time ago. I actually write a fair amount of "no library" web UI, and found that you can target all non-IE browsers just fine with a single code base. (Except of course for the !@#$ iPad. Don't get me going.) If you are still using jQuery, visit http://youmightnotneedjquery.com/ and see if you actually need it.

Of course, most people use a UI framework: React, Angular, Vue, etc. If you do front-end work, you'll need to learn one of them. Resistance is futile.

I just realized that the Google search "javascript frameworks 2020" produces an unending stream of information-free articles, each with shallow observations about mostly the same frameworks. Pages and pages of those articles. Maybe Google has some AI that produces them faster than I can scroll.


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Thanks for your entertaining response Cay.
I haven't had to use JQuery in a while but it went from 'this is great' to 'this is a nightmare' -  especially when maintaining existing sites.
It is surprising the number of hoops javascript developers will jump through to not learn SQL and manipulate all their data in a browser.
I would definitely benefit from reading your book.

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