What were we building again?
I think React, in all its power and flexibility, started the hype around the awesome toolchains you can build around it. But that’s accelerated the collective fatigue that developers are feeling these days.
If you want to start doing React, check out the project jarsbe/react-simple on GitHub. It’s nothing but an
index.html with 4 scripts loaded via CDN that lets you write beautiful React code with ES6. Just like the good old days where all you needed was
<script src="jquery.js"></script> to get hacking.
My first React project got started much in the same way: one
<script> for React core, and another for the in-browser JSX transformer. Webpack, Babel, React Router, and their ilk fell into the project very naturally as the product gradually fleshed out, and those technologies became necessary.