re: You are not your Framework VIEW POST


young people do this crap because they feel like the places other people crowd around (frameworks) are more valid than themselves because people who are inexperienced or young (like me) dont like to self-actualize.

self-actualization is difficult for everyone, even those who are self-aware, and the especially anxious ones dont want to get their feet wet with trying it the way that involves file_put_contents(); and similar length functions or with actually using the language's constructs like for loops. its like using shiny new es7 iterables over a simple for loop.

im constantly in anxiety with my code that whatever i write is "impure" or like youve alluded to doesnt follow "B E S T P R A C T I C E (tm)". i go with express rather than native node.js http functions not because its easier, like with automatically sending back headers and formatting json, but because it feels more "right" to do so.

ironically what keeps us young bois from healthy challenges like critically thinking is unhealthy challenges like fear of failure or fear of missing out.


I can relate to this very much.

I've used the framework tools constantly, just for the fact that they must be somehow better than using the language constructs directly.

After a while I started hitting odd bugs within those methods, and I started digging into them, only to realize that they're usually over-bloated, and that they merely wrap around the language constructs.

Not to mention that they caused performance issues with huge data sets, where a every bit of memory saved was important.

After this happened a few times, I made it a habit of actually reading the code for the internal framework tools. Granted, this was easier with the older frameworks as the more modern ones are abstracted into oblivion. It's still possible with the new ones as well, once you go beyond the initial fear of seeing things like Traits, extensions and interfaces.


i do this too with documentation. i often try to break things down or try to reimplement things on my own time so i can understand whats going on in an intuitive way. you can be a lazy js developer and copy and paste app.get("/bla", (req, res) { do stuff(); }); or you can break it down and understand it.

i dont even count as anywhere close to a junior developer, but something ive noticed about professionals is that the more "professional" you are, the more you can make yourself seem like you know what youre doing

It's all "fake it 'till you make it" :) Experience you'll come by with time, but having the right attitude and approach will get you far, so try and hold onto that!

One of my "life hacks" for learning new things was to NEVER copy/paste. I'd always force myself to type it out, even if it meant ALT-tabbing 10 times. Helps make the new code "stick" and get into muscle memory.

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