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Hi Suz. Thank you so much for doing AMA. I've been watching your streams for some time and I got very interested into Nodebots, IoT and other JS stuff.
I have some general questions, as well as questions about getting started. This could be longer, but I hope you don't mind. :)
Before watching your stream I didn't know JS was that powerful. I was surprised that you can program boards, IoT and such things using JS.
So the first question -  how do you like JS for programming boards and IoT stuff, and is there some features you're missing in JS, that would make the development process easier?
 Have you ever considered (or tried) using TypeScript? Would it be possible to run project such as Avrgirl using TS?
Last, but not least.. :D You're streaming and recording videos for some time now. And you're very successful doing that! :)  Do you have any recommendations for newcomers, who want to start live coding and streaming/recording? Is there something that you would've loved to know before you started doing so?
Once again, thank you so much for everything!
Hi Marko! These are great questions.
 I have tried TypeScript and I really like it! It would definitely be possible to use for hardware related code such as AVRGirl. I'm about to start a long term refactor project with AVRGirl, so perhaps this would be a great time to consider using it.
 My recommendation for getting started is to join the global Nodebots community! We're a bunch of nice folks who create a lot of resources, software and content for you to get started. Visit the Nodebots website to get started as there are a lot of links and examples for you to find there: http://nodebots.io/
 A few great boards to get started with for NodeJS + hardware would be a Tessel 2, a Raspberry Pi, or the humble Arduino Uno. The first two can run NodeJS on the board itself, and the last can be remotely controlled with NodeJS running on your laptop with the Arduino board plugged in. There is a Johnny Five Inventors Kit for the Tessel 2 which is a great place to start: https://www.sparkfun.com/j5ik. If you're looking for something more budget conscious, I'd recommend picking up an Arduino Uno and a sensor pack, such as this one: https://www.adafruit.com/product/170
 That's great that you're interested in doing streaming / videos! I usually recommend folks read me article on medium as it focuses on coding livestreams which can be quite different from gaming streams: https://medium.freecodecamp.org/lessons-from-my-first-year-of-live-coding-on-twitch-41a32e2f41c1
I'd also recommend watching some coding streams and taking notes on things like why you kept watching a stream, how the streamer is interacting with the viewers, and what kind of content they're working on. I did a lot of 'market research' before I started my stream.
As for videos, I love the Google Chrome Developers and Adafruit channels on YouTube. I have watched quite a few videos from these two channels and have tried to take notes on why their videos resonate so much with my learning style, so I can incorporate the same quality into my own videos.
Thank you so much for such awesome and detailed answer! I really appreciate your time and effort! I'm planning to get me some kits and learn how to work with boards and JS, so this is very helpful. If everything goes well and I get better Internet, I'll start recording/streaming too. :D