I have programmed since I was in elementary school, first doing basic scripting with HyperTalk and HyperCard back in the mid-1990s, then later moving on to TI graphing calculators, where I made my first tic-tac-toe AI in fifth grade (should have used deep learning to stay ahead of the buzzword curve, but alas). In high school, I mostly programmed in Java, trying to build a really awkward Civilization clone that never really got anywhere (called, inventively, StrategyGame).
Not a good artist, but not a badfractal.
I played with JS on and off for the next three years, and experimented with some of the new frontend frameworks as they were released. But by the end of my degree in 2011, I was really quite done with coding for the internet. I was spending more and more time in the Python world, particularly around statistics, and Python was just a joy to program compared to the kluge that web development always turned into.
So I took a hiatus. For five years.Fast-Forward Five YearsLater
(To be honest, I struggled in my first sandbox app even to get started, but eventually, the construction of these apps became much clearer as I figured out my program requirements. My recommendation is to ignore the create_react_app library and to build your first app entirely from scratch. It’s super helpful, even though it can take the better part of a weekend to get all the pieces to fit together.)
Finally, there are compilers and build tools like Webpack that help to put all this together. Webpack is one of those tools that is annoying to setup (seriously, “batteries included” is definitely not a good description), but once you play around with the scripts, add in the right plugins and get the correct result, it is so quick and painless to rebuild an entire app that it is almost magical.