re: What I wished I had known before I started learning React. VIEW POST

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Hey Lucas! Nice post :)

While I agree with the first point, for myself, I believe that all learning is good learning, and some people learn by working with both JS & React simultaneously.

I personally don't recommend this method to beginners, however we shouldn't be so quick to say "Do NOT" learn this way (to paraphrase). I think learning is subjective and while developers should comprehend the reasons behind why things work from a JS perspective, educations isn't necessarily black and white :).

 

Hi Emma, thanks for taking the time to respond!

I think learning is subjective and while developers should comprehend the reasons behind why things work from a JS perspective, educations isn't necessarily black and white :).

I think we both agree that it's better to learn React after having a solid foundational knowledge of not only the JavaScript language, but also JavaScript design patterns, especially as React is very lenient with coding styles. With this leniency comes power, but it can also quickly lead to bad design patterns if not implemented properly.

I hope that I'm coming from a place of humility and love for my fellow self-taught devs out there - I'm not out to condemn a particular learning method, but rather make it crystal clear that React is a skill built vertically on top of JavaScript, and not built horizontally alongside JavaScript.😊

 

I fully agree with this. While I did learn Javascript first, the actual workings didn’t quite click for me until I started using it in practice. That’s where React came in for me. The amount of progress I made after starting with React was amazing!

I think learning a framework alongside of the fundamental language can definitely help people understand the language better.

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