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Aleksandr Hovhannisyan

Yup, you're right, JSX compiles down to React.createElement calls, which create elements (JSON blobs really) that describe UIs. But at the end of the day, these just translate into native DOM render calls. "Compile" was a poor choice of wording on my part :)

Having worked with React for about two years now, I honestly don't see the problem with JSX. It's an excellent, declarative syntax for creating UIs.

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peerreynders

(JSON blobs really)

Naahh... React Elements ... which if I understand correctly are more generally vnodes.

"Compile" was a poor choice of wording on my part :)

It was the "HTML" that prompted me - "compile" is often used where "transpile" is appropriate - the issue is when people see JSX as markup rather than function calls; HTML only gets generated for SSR, not for client side rendering.

I honestly don't see the problem with JSX. It's an excellent, declarative syntax for creating UIs.

JSX as part of a sequence of JavaScript statements can be quite imperative; e.g. Marko's components are more declarative - the imperative behaviour of the component is clearly separated from its rendered representation; no "context switching" while reading JavaScript code.

But clearly there are people on both sides of the fence.