I remember back when I learned how to develop for WordPress, I spent weeks in the Codex, learning the template hierarchy, the template tags, and so on. The Codex was like my Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: they might as well have printed “DON’T PANIC” on the front, because it kept me learning at a comfortably steady pace. These days it feels more like I’m stuck in Dictionopolis from The Phantom Tollbooth. Reading through documentation for new technologies is like I’m just staring at heaps of words trying to force my brain into understand just what “ComponentWillUnmount” means in human English. The trouble is that as we get new technologies, documentation tends to lag behind development. The docs I’m seeing these days for things like the WordPress REST API or React don’t have that same friendly quality that the Codex did, yet. Fortunately, we can turn to trailblazers: people who have gone before us, figured out how to use it, and then turned around and shared that knowledge. If it weren’t for Wes Bos, I wouldn’t even be writing this article. His “React for Beginners” course recaptured that same steady,
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