Thank you for the support. Currently running through CodeAcademy's JS series. Few other languages I want to learn, but I've decided to prioritize for NodeBB.
I hope to be a decent coder within a year. I'm amazed at the innovation of NodeBB and want to become involved. This might just have been the push I needed to begin learning.
Also, in the event I wish to install a NodeBB forum, how would I go about that? What hosts(free!) support node,redis and the other requirments? I've a forum project that would require less attention then my main prpject, and I'd be proud to run NodeBB software.