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The five stages of grief - Moving from jQuery to React

July 16, 2019

The five stages of grief - Moving from jQuery to React

Dear jQuery,

Sometimes people drift apart. We’ve outgrown you and as much as the warmth of your embrace tempts us, we know we need to move on.

Love FutureLearn

Change is inevitable. Regardless of our best intentions, there will come a point where all our carefully laid out technical decisions are made redundant. How we, both as individuals, and as a team approach these changes can make all the difference to the outcome.

We’ll take you through the 5 stages of grief we experienced when moving on from jQuery. How we learned to embrace React, and how we are now living our best lives


July 16, 2019

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