Don’t buy into the hype and take a step back.

It’s 2:11 in the morning and you’re trying to jam out this feature and it hasn’t been working out.

“What if I try this? What if I use this heuristic instead?”

It’s now 4:21 and you’re burnt out. You’ve been going through tutorials and ExpertsExchange threads trying to figure out what in the world is going on.

You finally collapse onto your bed, defeated.

When you finally wake up, you meet with your buddy at the local cafe. Upon sitting down, you bust out your laptop and vigourously gesture at your app.

“How would you solve it? I’ve been literally losing sleep over this!”

They sip their latte and reply:

“Just do X. It’ll work just fine.”

You do X. It works perfectly and with no fuss!

“How did you figure that out so quickly!?”

Annoyed, they gesture at errant tab in your browser.

“Look here, it says in the docs. I’ve also seen this before in another framework. Veggie isn’t all that groudbreaking. Like Rubarb, it has some crossover Arugula.”

Puzzled, you reflect on what they said.

“You actually read those things? Doesn’t that take too long?”

They retort.

“Not that long. It’s a lot easier than going through a wild goose chase on Bing.”

“But I read about it on Huckster News! Everyone is talking abo—”

“I mean, I solved it faster than you did right?”

They continue.

“Just because something’s the new hotness™ doesn’t mean it’s good, right? Anyone can start a new framework right now, and it can blow up.”

“But how will I learn about new frameworks? How will I know what to use for new projects? How do I know what’s right?”

“Take a step back and don’t buy into the hype. Slow down. Read the docs and maybe do a little proof of concept to prove it out.”

It takes a while, but it’s something you’d want do regularly.”

You pause.

“Isn’t there a better way to do this? They’re so many new things created every day. I have a galaxy’s worth of stars On GitHub. How do you keep up with this?”

“Well, don’t learn frameworks or libraries, learn how they work. After a while, you’ll start seeing through it all. You’ll develop an intuition and then you’ll stop thinking about it.”

“That’s a lot to think about.”

“Don’t use your head, use your heart.”

You ponder what they say.

“My head hurts, what do you mean?”

“Exactly.”

Based on real events. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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