Almost a year ago I gave a talk at JSConf.eu after spending a long time thinking about what had been irking me so much about client side frameworks and the JS community in general. The premise for the talk was simple: frameworks are not the answer and certainly not the goal. I noticed how much time people spent debating the merits and qualities of frameworks and it seemed like no one was actually shipping.
You can watch the full talk here:
There is no BEST
I think the thing that had bothered me the most was that people kept wanting to elect the ‘BEST’ framework, like that was a prize to be won. It just made so little sense to me. The concept of best is so silly in the development world. Not only do standards and best practices change constantly (much faster than frameworks can or do) but the idea that there is a single library or system that could satisfy the needs of a majority of projects is just absurd. Some apps are structured around pages, some around events; some are simple single page information holders, some are complex intertwined real-time emotion recorders. Any level of complexity in a framework is going to make it not useful for a majority of cases and any level of simplicity is going to make the framework not that helpful. The fact that someone would go into a project with the goal of using a specific framework seems so backwards.
Obviously, different applications/sites/businesses have different goals, but for 99% of them that goal has very little to do with the technology used, especially the technology chosen to power the client side.
To the outside world, though, Sammy lost this war to be the best. The funny thing to me is that I was never trying to fight. Over and over again, people tried to pull me into the battle of “What’s better, Sammy or X?” and I refused to answer. Not only was trying to defend something that I wrote for myself and gave to the community as a gift, just straight exhausting, it was futile. Sammy isn't the best. It is good for a number of use cases and not very good at all for others. It’s an idea and a tool, not a religion, and definitely not a messiah. The smart people out there should look up and realize that niether is any other framework.
Sammy.js quietly turned 3 years old in May of this year. It was a moment that passed without fanfare or celebrations. I reflected on what I’d accomplished since then, and though Sammy has changed a lot since the begining I know for a fact that the JS world has changed more around it. It will continue to change and whatever is hot now, will look like the stupidest idea ever very soon. Thats the nature of this crazy world we work in.
I’ve stepped back a lot from maintaining Sammy day to day and Frank Prößdorf aka endor has been doing a great job pushing the project forward.
Sammy is still here, and will still be here. Whether or not the actual code is still in use, the ideas live on in a ton of other projects and frameworks and that I can certainly be happy about.