"Intuitive" Tooling

An endearing rant that not everything in the frontend world is "easy" and how we can learn to teach with empathy.


One of the nuances of working in frontend development is constantly being told that [insert whatever tooling, frameworks or technologies here] are “super simple” or “easy to pick up”. While on the surface this seems great, the reality is that many of these technologies are riddled with syntax quirks, incomplete documentation and a high barrier to entry.

In this talk, we’ll discuss why truly intuitive tooling doesn’t exist, go over some common misconceptions in the community and learn more inclusive ways to talk about emerging frontend technologies.

⏱️ Talk duration: 25 minutes

🌈 Slides and a list of resources mentioned during the presentation

Previously presented at:

🇩🇪 RuhrJS on October 6, 2019 (YouTube)
🇮🇳 React India on September 27, 2019 (YouTube) (Transcript)
🇫🇮 React Finland on April 26, 2019 (YouTube)

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