Programming is hard. That’s precisely why you should learn it.

It was far past midnight. My wife and kids had long gone to bed. But sleep was not an option for me. I had to figure it out. So I tweaked the code again, for the googolth time, and hit run. Hmm, looks promising. If I click here, the program should call the “compute next move” function. Yes. And if I click here, that function should call itself. Good. Now, if I click here, I should get…not that. Argh.

More tweaks. More errors. More hours tick by. Learning programming is hard, I thought. My next thought? Yes, and that’s why I like it.

Every JavaScript framework tutorial written more than 5 minutes ago

Roger opened the Medium app on his phone and looked for something interesting to read. He scrolled past articles about how to be more creative. He scrolled past articles about how to be a mega-successful entrepreneur. He scrolled past articles about how to write way more gooder. He was about to bounce over to Twitter when a headline caught his eye.

Forget Angular. Forget React. Introducing Tupress, the ultimate JavaScript framework.

How I built an app that showcases the first and last sentences of great novels

Wouldn’t it be great, I’ve often thought, if there were a place online where anyone could contribute the first and last sentences of the books they were reading. We could, together, build a treasure trove of sentences. It would be a great resource for people who, like me, enjoy learning by imitation.

Well, it just so happens that my latest obsession is learning to program in JavaScript. So I have begun, with my limited knowledge, to make that place myself, using the JavaScript frameworks MongoDB, Express, Angular 2, and Node.js — known, collectively, as the MEAN stack.