You won’t believe these 10 Google-Suggest JavaScript terms — (number 2 will shock you?)

The above clickbait title was intentional.

I feel only marginally less guilty now that I’ve admitted that. (▀̿Ĺ̯▀̿ ̿)

Quickread: Clickbait is addicting, don’t do it. “javascript snake” is currently one of the most-searched JavaScript terms on Google. This might skew beginners’ perceptions of what’s important in JavaScript. If you’re a beginner, do not attempt to build said snake without familiarizing yourself with the concepts presented here, here, or even here

Anyway, on to today’s post:

Google-Suggest, also known as Autocomplete, is the name of Google’s  function that completes letters and words for you.

When a techie puts a letter (or word) in the search field, they are automatically shown related terms in the dropdown menu. The suggestions are generated based on the most frequently searched terms.

Fair enough, right? We’re all pretty familiar with this.

The point of this function, allegedly, is to help us save time plus provide additional information about the topic.

Again, fair enough.

Armed with these facts and a singular internet connection, I hastily sneaked into a defunct phonebooth to transform into Superw…Oh, wait, wrong story.

Armed with these facts and on a purely nerdy whim, I recently conducted a simple experiment involving Google-Suggest and basic web developer terms: HTML5. CSS3. PHP. Bootstrap. JavaScript. You know, terms most aspiring developers would probably use, without much context.

Since, like, they’re beginners and whatnot.

But JavaScript caught my attention. It turns out, “javascript snake” is the top return using this function. Yes, that’s right:



Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 1.08.14 AM

Exhibit 1-A: Evidence. 


Are people wanting to play “javascript snake” or build “javascript snake”? In the exact words of a sixth-grade standardized test answer sheet, I’m going with Answer D: “not enough information.” Either way, if you are an aspiring and/or beginning web developer that is using Google-Suggest for research, do not let these results form or otherwise skewer your perception of the important things in JavaScript.

Also, trying to build a JavaScript snake game is going to kick your butt. (I mean, you can certainly try [I did the same thing, for over a year]. But I learned the hard way). Start with one of the books I’m always excited about, build that foundation, and rock the snake from there. Your inner venom will thank you.


Exhibit 1-B: JavaScript snake game.
Remember: A suggestion is just a nudge! 

Code on and Prosper,

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