To me, Gnome is very counter-intuitive in some regards. I started out from switching away from Windows on Zorin Core- or Gnome. It was not until I switched to Zorin OS Lite (XFCE) that I really settled in. On Gnome I felt I always needed to hunt down what I was looking for and changing settings was like pulling teeth.
There are some things in Gnome that are far more intuitive than they are in Plasma, though.
I am not a Programmer, I am a mechanic. These are not so dissimilar, however. In mechanical, you need to know troubleshooting, diagnosing, programming and you need to know the Math.
As a mechanic, what you want is your Tools Organized and easy to reach. The worst thing you can have as a mechanic is searching for a tool. It stops work flow, breaks your concentration and adds to frustration. Having your tools available, within easy reach and easily identifiable is essential.
Gnome takes a wholly different approach - putting tools into hidden corners and tucking them away where you do not know where they are. Gnome-Devs like to talk about "precious screen real estate," but this is a fallacy. Having Clear Toolboxes is far more important than trying to stretch your work area by a few millimetres. It is also misleading: The Gnome Devs goal is to produce a distinct "Gnome look" as a Brand Image, then protect it at all costs, including breaking theming for years (Until the stakeholders forced them to sign a pledge to stop doing it). The Gnome Devs even penned "open Letters" demanding that other developers stop theming apps - only to learn it was the Gnome-devs making the claim years later.
And Canonical / Gnome Introduced the CSD's and the Gnome-Extensions that they refuse any responsibility for, advising that such can Break Gnome; Yet, in reality, they are required in order to make the desktop even usable. Gnome foisted its work onto Other Developers in order to decrease their workload, lay off employees and boost their profits - all while misleading users with irrelevant claims and leading statements.
I find it amazing how many "Tech-articles" are out there promoting Gnome Features as much as possiblel while neglecting or downplaying features lost... Yet, look to the users and forums and users only are concnered about Features Lost - and don't get me started on what Gnome 40 has done, with even more unnecessary removals and forcing the users to bend to Gnomes will. Even such very simple things like the removal of Scrollbar Steppers.
I find Canonical and Gnome to be intrusive and far more like the Microsoft-we-left-behind than any other environment. And their hold on the Tech-article writers disturbs me greatly.