There is a phenomenon among front-end developers. It’s a new phenomenon. I diagnose more and more developers who are infected. There is no research yet about the consequences. There are no exact numbers or statistics. And I’m not a doctor, but I think that there is no danger of death.
At least, not yet.
Probably, it’s an epidemic. There is a danger of infection of each other. The epidemic has been spreading out. Everyone experiences that in different ways, depending on the progress and time of one’s career. If you have a weak heart, please stop reading.
Let’s start with the diagnose. Try to be honest. We are here to help you. Among those who are infected, we found there are five different stages which developers go through. Those stages are popularly known by the acronym DABDA.
The first stage is Denial
No No No shut up! It’s not happening to me. I’m not like them. I have the knowledge!
The second is Anger
Why me? It’s not fair! Who developed this language? Who introduced me to it?
The third is Bargaining
I wasn’t ok, but give me a chance! I will learn what the differences are between… and how to… I will be a better developer. I am ok with earning less money…
The fourth is depression
I’m broken! There are no reasons to program. Leave me alone!
The fifth is Acceptance
I know, I can’t fight it. I may as well prepare for it.
It can be ended without a tragedy. There is a serum which can heal you, but it will take time. First of all, let’s understand how we got to that situation.
The seeds were sown a few years ago. Exactly 217 years after France conquered Belgium, 50 years after Nigeria became independent and 31 years after Disneyworld opened for the first time. On October 1st, 2012 it was published for the first time.
TypeScript was born
And I can continue. I’m really a fan of TypeScript. TypeScript is awesome. But in order to heal, we have to know that you know why you use TypeScript. TypeScript’s success is partly due to Google betting on it, making it Angular’s main language for developing applications. A little bit later, React developers started to use it also. But no, Angular isn’t a valid answer for the “why?”.
🙄 Part of them was wrong.
😍 Part of them answered right. Fantastico!
🤷♂️ Part of them guessed. Ohh merde!
Big mistake, huge!
If you want to be a “TypeScript developer”, it’s ok. In order to be a good developer, I expect from myself to know the basics. Know why TypeScript was born. What TypeScript came to solve. Why people use it.
So, please don’t do it to yourself. Please, don’t deny.
It’s awesome to learn new technologies. It’s fun to use libraries. It’s comfortable to use a language which helps you achieve your goals, helps you to improve your time to production, reduces bugs and makes refactoring and teamwork easier. But, you have to know the basics.
Learn new technologies, but don’t take it as the default
I like hot trends. I like new technologies. I like innovations. I like efficiency. I like comfortable coding experience. It’s easy to like all of that. But don’t delude yourself. If you are a front-end developer, you have to understand what the browser understands. Also if you work on a TypeScript project for a while or mean to do it, practice your basics from time to time and understand the whole picture — the big picture.
TypeScript isn’t an illness, but it can make you ill. Don’t deny. Don’t follow the herd. And don’t give this article’s insights to fade away.