Chris Heilmann complains mightily about libraries in general, although about specific details rather than about the concept of using libraries as a whole. And Roger lays into people who use them, too:
- People who aren’t hugely experienced with JS; these are at least some of the target market for a lot of libraries
- People who are experienced and are writing a library
- People who are experienced and think that you shouldn’t use libraries unless you have the experience to not use them
- People who are experienced and willing to help
Of those, category 1 people aren’t going to help write documentation very much, or case studies, or browser support matrices, because they’re consumers of that information rather than creators. (Those of you who think “yes! we’ll have a huge army of people contributing!”, take a tip from the Linux world, where we’ve been using that model for code since the beginning; it happens, but not all that often.) Category 2 people are too busy writing a library to build supporting stuff around it. Too many of the remaining: people who could be helping to make the libraries we have better, and better documented, and more appropriate, and less stuffed to the gills with flashy but bad effects, are too busy repudiating the entire concept of libraries. They’re in category 3. If we can collectively, as a community, move from category 3 to category 4, and make the libraries we have great, then there won’t need to be any kind of objection to them. Let’s try and help.