• Maiken v V., over 3 years ago

    I'm a designer that codes in their free time (HTML, CSS, JS), but not at work. The level of coding just isn't sufficient.

    The stack is constantly changing, and I've given up on trying to keep up. So as a hobby: nice. Professional: I would rather focus on becoming a better designer.

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    • Olivier FOlivier F, over 3 years ago

      I completely understand that. This seems to be the recurring theme.

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    • Alex FloresAlex Flores, over 3 years ago

      Same

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    • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 3 years ago

      I think with the stack changing so much, it's wiser to pick a technology and run with it for a while, even if it's considered "outdated". So if you want to pick up Vue.js right now, and for some reason in 2-3 years it loses its popularity... eh ¯_(ツ)_/¯ keep using it!

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      • Johan Ronsse, over 3 years ago

        I don't know. I think you can do a lot of useful things when you know any programming language. So learning to program is the key, not the tech stack or its newness. If you know Python and Unix type stuff which is not particularly modern (this stuff dates back 20+ years) you can do so many useful things.

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        • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 3 years ago

          Oh absolutely, I'd agree. But assuming the OP is getting into the web stack, the broader frameworks and way of working changes frequently, which has a significant effect on working in teams and the way developers approach and reason about their code.

          A baseline knowledge of HTML / CSS / JS is absolutely necessary to navigate the changing climate with confidence, though. :)

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    • Andrew Richardson, over 3 years ago

      I've transitioned out of the front end coding world but I still have a side project where I dip my toes back in.

      It's a whole different world when I'm like "I want to make this thing" as opposed to "This manager wants me to make this thing". I prefer getting my hands "dirty" with code when it's something I'm personally interested in.

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      • Maiken v V., over 3 years ago

        Yeah, I agree. And as a hobby for me, it totally works. I'm even trying to learn Swift. It's just not usable for work in my case.

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    • Ryan MiglavsRyan Miglavs, over 3 years ago

      I hear you. Making web stuff didn't used to be so complex, but that's the reality now.

      And especially in a team, it totally works to specialize and go deep on design.

      That said, sometimes you'd be surprised what you can accomplish with simple code when you let go of what the cool kids say, especially on the web. I love this article from Jeffrey Zeldman calling for less complexity.

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