Not with an attitude like that. It’s not that hard to just read the damn specs as you need them, the core stuff itself isn’t too gnarly at all. Just go to the MDN and pick a random spot and start reading.
The cure is to stop trying to keep up and just learn the bits that you’re really excited about right now, or the stuff you need to know to do the job you’re doing today.
The second part is decent advice, but the first part is not. Learn the basics of the vanilla system over shiny happy new stuff. It’s because of people’s failure to learn the basics we have so much churn. The author even manages to point out that only the core vanilla stuff is necessary, but then immediately goes on to praise the new shiny.
It’s like a kid walking into a room full of presents and birthday cake complaining about all the presents and 6 different flavors of ice-cream to choose from. <…snip…> other dumb analogies <…snip…>
That’s not what it’s like at all. A better analogy would be “It’s like going to an Ikea where everybody has thrown the parts on the floor and mixed them up and is continually holding up bags of their blighted incomplete and unmatching mixtures saying ‘This is so much easier than assembling it from scratch!’ while a decent set of lumber and power tools sits neglected in the corner–and the work at hand is to build a bookshelf but everybody is for some reason telling you that you really need to build a bookshelf factory.”
Not only do I find this overview bad and misleading, it’s also offensive in its ignorance.
.. particularly of abstraction, the technique of not having to understand everything (or in fact anything), ever.