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re: I would actually recommend starting with jQuery because it's relatively easy to use, does not require a complex build system, and its effects on th...
 

Please don't work your up from jQuery, jQuery abstracts out a lot of good things that are important for beginners developers to learn in order to understand good design patterns of JavaScript.

Doing this, will only make you more comfortable with anti patterns of JavaScript such as using a lot of iife, like in $(document).ready function

 

React is also a salad of anti-patterns reminiscent of early 90s PHP spaghetti code. Inline XML, seriously? I would argue that jQuery is a pretty solid DOM toolkit and a no-nonsense way to introduce oneself to, ahem, the actual DOM.

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