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Discussion on: 10 Things Front-End Developers Should Learn in 2021

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Tobias Timm

IMO people should also invest more time to deep dive into JavaScript itself.

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Manav Misra

With strong core JS skills, we are not being limited by 1 language and just seeing 'magic.' We have some 'under the hood' understanding to be flexible and bounce between a couple of frameworks at a time.

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Devesh Sawant

Yes, there are gotchas and concepts in Javascript that need to be learnt and go a long way in development. One thorough tutorial I recommend is github.com/getify/You-Dont-Know-JS!

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Simon Holdorf Author

Very good books, thanks for sharing!

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unsignedmind

Depends on where you are going. Personally I learned Angular before really getting into JS. Of course I was curious and took some courses afterwards, but you not necessarrily need much JS knowledge when developing with Angular. On the other hand when going with react for example I would definitly recommend having a good base in JS because React is much closer to Vanilla.

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Simon Holdorf Author

Well, this discussion is probably as old as the language itself. 50% say you should learn the basics first, the other half finds it okay to start with what benefits you most. For me personally, I would go with how I learn best.

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Tobias Timm

Yeah, you are right, but I think it is always a good thing to point out because frameworks will be replaced by other frameworks. The core of the language most probably not.

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Simon Holdorf Author

Yeah, I totally agree with that. It's always good to stay relevant by learning the fundamentals!

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Ruslan

Smthng like "silver bullet" is learning basics during learning JS - all the S.I.C.P. concepts are able to be realized on JavaScript according to it's current functionality.

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ogrotten

Is this the SICP of which you speak?

source-academy.github.io/sicp/

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Ruslan

UPD:
Yes. Talking about the conceptual idea- that is just exactly what I mean.
This link is the source and proof of my prev. sentence:
ru.hexlet.io/tracks/sicp-on-js

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stereobooster

Except that JS doesn't have tail call optimization.

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Ruslan

Not long time ago JS didn't have many of current features so I suppose that solving the issue U R talking about is just a matter of time.

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Sylwia Vargas

I definitely agree with you @tyrionfront that when learning to code (frontend or backend), it's super-important to learn basics of sicp. For me, only when I started learning about the basics of cs, JS started making sense, really. While I do understand that if e.g. you want to be a front-end programmer, maybe you don't need to be fluent with data structures, it definitely helps to understand them, even on the basic level!

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Tobias Timm

Thats not 100% true. Safari / WebKit has proper tail call optimization

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Andrew Irwin

udemy.com/course/understand-javasc...

Amazing course, to get a deep dive in Javascript.
teaches you from scratch about the basics, then brings you right through
to more advanced stuff. Giving you a really good overall understanding.
Short course as well only 12 hours.
Highly recommend.