The Balkanization of JavaScript

JavaScript has spawned many different frameworks and libraries—each with some cutting-edge functionality, and each with its own set of challenges. In this environment, CTOs must balance allowing freedom to experiment with new tools while making sure the sprawl doesn’t become unmanageable.

In the book “Soviet Communism: A New Civilization?” by Sidney and Beatrice Webb, there is a quote attributed to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin: “It is true that liberty is precious—so precious that it must be rationed.” Lenin’s communist ideals certainly run counter to the ethos of the American Dream, which perhaps was best encapsulated back in 1775 by Virginian Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

A case can be made that too much freedom and too much choice can yield unfavorabl

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