Since I took my first step towards learning programming by joining FCC around 6 months ago, I have asked a lot of questions. I have gotten badly stuck in the mud and probably would have stayed there if it was not for the help of some kind strangers.
Excellent documentation and practice exercises are easy to find for the autodidactic programmer (look no further than FCC for the latter), but sometimes person to person conversation is essential. I usually turned to one of two resources for help. I could often find help on Stack Overflow but that community does not appreciate noobish questions and I often got roasted. The FCC Gitter pages were very friendly to noobs, but I found that the rooms were very crowded and everyone was talking over each other.
I built a program to help students get the advice they need in a way that is effective and convenient. It is a real-time collaborative platform for open and free tutoring built with node.js. All of the skills and knowlege I used to build this program, I learned from FCC.
I wrote a story on Medium concerning my experience promoting my application. I’ll append it to this post instead of creating a new one to avoid spamming the forum. Here is the link.