I don’t know if this is the place for this kind of rant/advice-seeking, but here I go…
Some background: Aside from hacking around in prewritten php files, I have absolutely no programming experience. I’m not a college student or a computer professional. While I’m not super great with math, I can muddle through. (Languages are more my thing.) I don’t have any grand delusions about working for google or the NSA, but I enjoy trouble-shooting/problem-solving and miss doing what little work I’ve done in the back end in php and MySql. Learning JS, though… it’s taking all the fun out of it. Not because it’s hard. I don’t mind a challenge. There’s this disconnect between writing out the pseudocode and turning it into an actual program, which makes me wonder if I’m starting in the wrong place.
I don’t want to give up. I want to figure out the best way forward. I’d love to hear any advice or personal experience you might have.