Now that is one big post – i’ll read it over the next few days, see where that takes me. I think I am being very lazy in my learning style – starting with frameworks and working back to raw script. There was a good discussion on abstraction here on CSS-Tricks not long ago.
Also I have yet to purchase any related book material related to web technologies (although I have compiled a bit of a recommended reading list for purchase :-) ); I’m a quick learner mostly, hopefully will be ‘weened off’ frameworks – but it would be a long jump to get away from WordPress. Thanks for the link @gno.