It’s amazing to me how easy it is to get something quite functional up and running with node.js. A few NPM packages, access to a good source of data from a third party API and you’re away.
Even finding details on APIs for basically anything is really easy thanks to services like https://www.programmableweb.com/. It’s basically just a giant directory of anything and everything you might want to know about publically available APIs.
Learning all this kind of makes me feel like I’m discovering coding superpowers. It’s so easy it feels like cheating.