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Sebastian • Edited on

Very nice roundup!

Relying on JS for web development is both a business and technological decision, and one that has trade-off implications like anything else in IT.

There is nothing inherently good or bad about using/not using JS. In my experience, these decisions are often based on budget limitations, rather than immaterial considerations.

Of course, I think we as developers should never exclude anyone from using our products. But then, catering to 1% of your visitors might incur a substantial cost on development (say 20%, and that is not much). At this point most clients tend to say: No, thanks, ditch those 1%.

Do I like that? No, of course not. But those are the tradeoffs we sometimes have to deal with. It's a sad reality.