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Discussion on: Is React Holding You Back?

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I feel like it is definitely overkill (at least in the context of my site). Unless you are integrating some feature that really NEEDS something like React (hosting your own blog on the same site, for example), simpler is better. It is good to know when to use the right tool for the job.

While no, the physical size of node_modules itself is not the straw that broke the camel's back, it is the complexity of the underlying JavaScript bloat it contains, which needs to be loaded just to make the app function, in addition to any plugin features you might add that compounds the issue. (I myself am guilty of being very npm install some-cool-package trigger happy).

Like I mentioned though, while a seasoned dev (or dev team) can certainly mitigate these performance issues, for a noobie it's probably not the best choice.