Jose Aguinaga made a post about the state of JavaScript frameworks and it’s community in 2016 which you should totally read here. Even if you know barely anything about Javascript frameworks, that’s kind of the point.

A nicely framed opinion, of which, I totally understand. Being a ‘Web Designer’ nowadays is a bit of an outdated term. Sooner or later you’re end up learning a bit of back-end stuff, then perhaps logo and template designs give you a bit of a graphic designer skill set, suddenly you’re rendering videos. It’s a wobbly sector to work in, as there’s a lot of grey areas about what job title does what. In the end, we end up being a at least a little of everything. Thus keeping an eye on the latest industry standards, techniques and frameworks is almost a full time job itself.

Amount of Javascript Frameworks is overwhelming

JavaScript Frameworks

This is where I’m totally in agreement with what Jose is trying to put across, the world of JavaScript is very diverse, there’s dozens a framework for every little thing. To a newbie, well, even people with years experience in the digital field, it’s overwhelming and off-putting, at least to some. It seems every time I sit down, finally having scraped enough time together, to look into a new framework there’s already a different newer one. So why should people bother learning something which is going to be obsolete very soon. How long does a framework have to exist in general industry practice for it to be viable to put in the time to learn it?

The argument that you don’t have to learn everything and learn what you need is a valid one. It just doesn’t seem to take into consideration the ‘Time to Learn’ to ‘How long am I able to actually use it for’ ratio.

But that’s not to say they should stop

Though the argument for the other side is, each of these frameworks exists for a reason. A person or group of people sat down somewhere and attempted to build something to solve a problem and created a framework with that purpose in mind. These are the people that make life a million times easier especially for us more Front-End/Designer types. It seems to me there needs to be a little more understanding on both sides about how this industry moves forward. Documentation for new frameworks and ease to learn needs to be at it’s best for a framework to flourish. Those of us that benefit need to be a little open minded and relax a little bit for a dabble into something that looks interesting.

Still, when you have two projects on the go, marketing campaigns to organise and a backlog of accounts to finish it’s horrible to feel you’re falling behind because you can’t find the time to learn the latest stuff.

My advice: Just get HTML, CSS and jQuery in your quiver and go from there. Have a little look into frameworks, have a tiny dabble but if something feels wrong just move onto something else. Time is precious in this industry, so it’s important to know when to start over if something doesn’t click with the way you work.




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