Christian van Lierop13,743 Points
Is the PUG templating engine essential for understanding Express?
I'm getting the idea, that this is yet another course that is cluttered with excess 'extra information' that takes a lot of focus off the subject at hand. When I see a course for Express Basics I don't expect to be taught another template or framework just as an aside.
Now I have to learn 2 new syntaxes and new functions instead of focussing on what I want to learn: Express... the basics.
Fredrick Rogers26,297 Points
On the surface, no you don't need to know Pug in order to understand express. I use express everyday at work and have absolutely no need for pug in my server.