A Live Developer Journal

Initial Thoughts About Learning React

For the first time, I'm going to start seriously learning a JavaScript framework. I've stuck with vanilla JavaScript so far because I didn't want to split my energy between a lot of different things that are based on JavaScript, before having a solid foundation on JavaScript itself. I'm also learning this now because it was recommended by a few cool developers I met over the last couple of weeks.

Before diving in, I wanted to think about my approach to learning, and plan for success. I want to make sure that I'm being deliberate. That I'm not just reading or trying out things aimlessly. So, I'll brainstorm my ideas for learning and outline a roadmap from there.

My first goal is to explore react just enough that I can figure out what are the core things that are worth expending energy on, following the 80/20 rule where 20% of your effort creates 80% of the results. The 20% core stuff is what I'm interested in.

Once I know that, I'll be in a better position to start setting micro goals. I don't want to be spending a ton of time reading up on concepts that I'm just going to forget as soon as I've finished with them (or a week later). So I want to tinker with stuff as much as possible so I understand the concepts on a more intuitive level.

This is going to be so much fun!