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enigmaticsoulrg profile image
Virgo Clarity Author

You've encouraged me tremendously! Grateful for all of the wisdom you're sharing.
I will put it all into use.

Thank you. I'm feeling better about it already.

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redcaptom profile image
Red Cap Tom • Edited

I've had the literally same discussion with a friend the other day, and made the exact same recommendation. Heroku takes care of most of the nuts and bolts for you, and can get you going quite fast for the price of a couple of coffees per month.

If you're diving off the deep end of development and this is a learning project, though, I propose attempting to set up a Linux box yourself and deploying to it. It will teach you so, so much, and is the main way I learned systems engineering (I'm an SRE by trade, since that's now a cool term for "people who tinker with systems and make sure they work"). It's surprising how much power Linux packs out of the gate, if you only take the time to properly learn it.

This tutorial is good: youtube.com/watch?v=YFBRVJPhDGY

However, if it gets too complicated too fast, drop it and use Heroku. The best teachers are production apps gone rogue - and in order to have a production app gone rogue, you need to have a production app. SHIPIT! πŸ˜„

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enigmaticsoulrg profile image
Virgo Clarity Author

Love it. You've just given me a project to embark on.
Great suggestion. I've never even thought about setting up a Linux box but love learning, a challenge, and more ways to help myself and others. I will give this a go.
Thanks for the tutorial link as well.

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Red Cap Tom

Of course.
If you'd like to pair on it, live-deploy and record the session (I've got a YouTube channel), I'm game!
Could make for a great dev.to article too.

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enigmaticsoulrg profile image
Virgo Clarity Author

Hey, I love that idea.
Let me work through the current project first and then I will reach out when I'm ready. Love the idea and think it will be pretty cool.
Love the way you're thinking and your kindness. Thank you.

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redcaptom profile image
Red Cap Tom

Fo sho. By the way - and not to put the heat on - but if failing in the open frightens you (which is perfectly rational), remember that failing in the open is exactly like failing indoors - you still fall on your face.

But in the open, there are often lots and lots of people to put you back up, dust you off and push you in the correct direction again.

Keep on pushing, we got ya. :)

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enigmaticsoulrg profile image
Virgo Clarity Author

Aww, so kind and motivating.
Thank you for this. It means more than you know.
It can often feel like a solo journey but I'm glad you all are here to help.
And I will help in the ways that I'm able to as well.