Thanks for checking out CloseBrace. We're a JavaScript tutorial and resource site dedicated to the idea that learning to code should be interesting, fun, and as frustration-free as possible. To that end, we focus on breaking down JavaScript tasks, no matter how complex, into simple step-by-step instructions that not only teach developers how to accomplish something, but more importantly, why the code they've written addresses their needs.

Tech Stack

CloseBrace is built with JavaScript. It runs on Node.js, a JavaScript application environment. The web server is Express, which runs on Node and is written entirely in JavaScript. The database, MongoDB, isn't written in JavaScript but it stores its data in BSON, a binary-encoded form of JSON, and communicates with the server in JSON. The CMS platform we chose is KeystoneJS, which is written atop Express in (you guessed it) JavaScript. The front-end consists of hand-rolled HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. While we think Bootstrap and jQuery are pretty great in general, we didn't think they were needed here, and chose instead to shoot for performance by keeping frameworks, and thus filesize, to a minimum.

Employees

At this time, CloseBrace is entirely designed, built, written, and run by a single person: Christopher Buecheler. Here he is!

Christopher Buecheler Photo

Christopher, who you can definitely call Chris, is a self-taught full-stack web developer who started making websites in 1995. He's also an author of fiction, plays too many video games, doesn't play his guitars enough, and had a second job for a while as a cocktail and spirits author. You can learn more about him at his personal website. The important thing is: he's written a lot of tutorials in his life, and people seem to like them, which is why he decided to save up some money and launch his own startup … which is why you're here, reading the text he's written about himself in the third person.

Christopher has worked full-time for four startups (two of which, GameSpy and OkCupid, did rather well for themselves), and has contracted for several others, including up-and-comers VoltServer and Datarista.

Beta Testers

Huge thanks to the following folks who beta tested the site, found lots of things wrong with it, and helped mold it into the marvel of modern technology you see before you today (*cough*). I deeply appreciate their help!

  • Elijah Arons
  • John Bennett
  • Jeremy Hall
  • Michael James
  • Charlie Lindahl
  • David Miller
  • Dillon Nichols
  • John Otu
  • Nick Rameau
  • Joost Schuur