My Lockdown Project

SUDSJS is the result of a project to keep my brain active during the lockdown. It has grown to a serious database support system allowing users to create, update, delete and search information. I tested it with MySQL, SQLite, PostgreSQL and I am working on MongoDB.

Why did I do this?

As you get older your brain slows down. This is a well-known fact. The defence against this is to keep it active and learn a new skill.  I tried a new language (Spanish) but it turns out that if you are really bad at languages in your youth you are God-awfully bad in later years. So I turned to something I did have a talent for - coding. 

As we were stuck indoors anyway, courtesy of Covid, I thought I would update my knowledge of JavaScript and something called Node. 

JavaScript is a coding language that is used to program web browsers like Edge or Chrome. It is called JavaScript because when it was developed there was a hot new coding language called Java, so they thought they could get some of the hot-ness to rub off on them. The script part is because it was a scripting language - which normally means something very basic as language go. It also means that it is interpretive, but I won’t go into that.  It has moved on a lot since then and it now a full-blown coding language.  So the name is a total misnomer; it has nothing to do with Java and isn’t a scripting language any more.

Until 2010 or thereabouts, JavaScript only ran in web browsers. So to create a website you needed two coding languages - a ‘traditional’ language (like Java or Perl) on the web server and JavaScript  in the browser. 

 In 2009 a guy called  Ryan Dahl created Node.js, a system for running JavaScript on the web server. This means you have the same language throughout the system which has got to be a good idea. 

So this has been my goal - learn JavaScript and Node.js. The result is here: http://sudsjs.com

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