Ben Anderson has been humoring the Chippewa Valley IT community since 2012 and is still going strong! He's currently employed with Mashable in New York, building and maintaining applications for 42 million monthly unique visitors. He may or may not have broke the entire website on his first day of employment.
Though Ben does spend a lot of time learning the latest and greatest technologies; he reserves any other time away from the computer working on/restoring old vehicles.
React is simple... As long as your application is just static views that don't share state, and you never save or update data. In the real world where we deal with dynamic data, Facebook offers an application architecture for React; Flux. Unlike React, Flux is a moderately complicated idea. It's not straightforward, not well documented, and has many moving parts.