You can’t approach learning a framework as anything less than you would when learning a new language. Anything less and you’re in for pain. After this realization the framework came together pretty quickly though it still hurt like hell.
Although I've never experienced the "hurt like hell" part when learning a framework, this is a decent reminder that a framework is written in/targeted to a language, but also has a dialect all its own. Understanding that fact will probably make things go a lot more smoothly. I disagree with the author's doubt surrounding whether or not using a framework is a good idea but it's food for thought nonetheless.