Update: Chris Williams (one of the organizers of JSConf.eu and the speaker in the above talk) posted this today and I thought it echoed well some of my own sentiments. It’s a great watch for anyone interested in hearing more about this topic.
Projects such as jQuery (MooTools and Dojo) have lowered that barrier of entry for people who previously feigned exploring JS just because of some of the difficulties previously experienced in getting their code to work consistently well cross-browser. Indeed, using these projects make life a lot more stress-free for the everyday coder wanting to enhance their web apps with some JS powered functionality.
I feel that this is a problem which isn’t just down to beginners and intermediate developers not investing the time to learn JS fundamentals, but we in the industry that already understand these concepts are also to blame (I include myself in this group).
This won’t just benefit new developers – at the end of the day, it’ll benefit us too because this will increase that pool of solid talent we have to draw from when building the solutions of tomorrow.
Feel free to agree/disagree or be ambivalent ; – )