Needless to say, my JS knowledge base required a few upgrades before I could put together anything smarter than a ‘Hello World’ responder. Said upgrades, among other excellent sources, I have found here, here, here along with the JS object graph learning trail (part 1, part 2 and part 3). In fact, most of How to Node is a must-read if you’re planning on serious Node programming.
But this post is not just about my experience learning server-side JS. In the process of upgrading my overall web development repertoire, I’ve had to undergo quite a steep ramp-up on client-side JS technologies as well…
The biggest problem still, was the lack of flexibility, in spite of all the automation and scaffolding (or perhaps because of it), in building a custom UI to one’s exact liking (esp. with dynamic scaffolding, where you lose significant control over the finally generated DOM). Including client-side styling libraries like Bootstrap would require jumping through increasingly tight hoops in order to make the auto-generated templates adhere to the specific DOM and CSS requirements dictated by such libraries.
As of today, I’m still delving deeper into the fascinating world of server-side JS runtimes, the accompanying middleware (Connect and Express being among the biggest names here), while also being repeatedly amazed by the power of modern client-side frameworks. The JS landscape is already incredibly expansive, and continues to grow at a frightful rate, as each day heralds the launch of several new libraries, frameworks and tools that make JS programming all the more exciting and enlightening.
My journey of exploration has already started bearing fruit, and has empowered me to give back to the wonderful open source community (JS or otherwise) that I have received so much from. My current efforts are focused on building a JS-based e-commerce platform, and I am confident I have selected the right platform for the necessary pace of development and superior performance that I demand of the product-to-be.