jQuery removal in a Laravel version
I wanted my app to be jquery-free, avoiding importing all these big dependencies. I followed your guidelines : https://preview.keenthemes.com/metronic8/demo1/documentation/getting-started/customization/no-jquery.html
So I found out by looking at dependencies docs that lots of js dependencies still rely on Jquery. Removing them all would hinder my dev, and since I bought Metronic to save time, not throw it, I wanted to know if there is a simple way to get rid of it altogether.
Honestly I think you should focus some effort on replacing the dependencies. It shouldn't be too hard for you and would be a big selling point.
Laravel version still relies on jquery because many plugins we used are from jquery plugins. The docs link you referred to is for the HTML version. In the Laravel version, jquery is still needed for Datatables to work. We will consider a jquery-free approach in future updates.