MJS 002 My JS Story Mark Nadal

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My JS Story Mark Nadal

On today's episode of My JS Story, Charles Max Wood welcomes Mark Nadal. Mark  runs  GUN, an open source fire-based. He loves open source community that's why he focuses on it. On this, he shares how he got into the world of programming, and we'll find out how he feels about doing it.

How Mark Got into Programming?

Mark's journey in programming started when he worked on a mathematics theorem. It took him 3 years developing a model for it. He got frustrated when found out that it takes him 20 minutes to solve basic math problems. Because of that, he encouraged himself that he can do better. He believed that if he can simultaneously spin up like a ton of computers, he can solve thousands of problems near the instantaneously. He initially thought programming is easy to get into just as how he's doing enough work with logic, mathematics, and philosophy in general. However, he ended up in regret after realizing how programming specifically works.

Programming Addiction

Mark became scared of programming after his realizations, but the funny thing is that it became increasingly addictive for him. Academics appeared to be boring for him, and he didn't like the idea that it will take him years before he could create his own original ideas. He'd rather delve into practically working on programming than spend time on theories that's why he got sucked up into it.

What Makes Programming Interesting?

Programming is about solving things that haven't been solved before. Mark emphasizes how it is opposite to most jobs today. Instructions are given and workers just have to follow day-in and day-out. In programming, one writes the instructions. Oftentimes, somebody writes a library or a framework for us to use. However, our way of making money still boils down to solving problems. Mark further discusses on this connecting it to his attendance in Utah JS. To hear the rest of My JS Story Mark Nadal, download and listen to the entire episode.

Establish Connections

Learn more about Mark Nadal by connecting with him and see what he’s excited about. You can follow him on Twitter @marknadal. Don’t forget to let Mark know you heard about him on Devchat.tv’s Javascript Jabber My JS Story podcast! If you’re short on time, here are the highlights of My JS Story Mark Nadal: How Mark got into programming? (1:39) What made programming addictive for Mark? (3:05) What programming is really about? (4:51) Message to those who want to get into programming for money? (17:32) Mark's different personal stories about his programming experience? (21:40) Mark's inspiring story behind creating GUN? (32:54)

Episode Links:

Java, Swing, GTK, Ionic, PHP, Abstract Syntax Tree, Codica, JQuery Mobile, JQuery, Apache Cordova, Electron, Progressive Web Apps, Angular, React, Vue, Ember, Elm, Web Components, Hacker News, NG Conf, hiya, PS4, Westworld

Mark’s Picks:

How Cryptography Works on gun.js.org Bret Victor's Inventing on Principle Encouragement to those who had a tough 2016

Charles’ Picks:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Spiral BB8 Las Vegas CES (YouTube Channel)


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