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The Healing Power of Javascript


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A little over a year ago, as the COVID-19 lockdowns were beginning and most folks grasped for toilet paper and canned food, I reached for a search function.

The purpose of the function was somewhat irrelevant. I simply needed to code. Code soothes because it can provide control in moments when the world seems to spiral. Reductively, programming consists of little puzzles to be solved. Puzzles that make things happen, that get things done.

The real joy of this project wasn't just in getting the search working but the refinement, the polish, the edge bits. Getting lost for hours in a world of my own construction. The whole process was an escape, but an escape with forward momentum.

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