Hello @rwfresh, welcome back.
There are a few ways for doing this, but since you are developing in JS the fastest way to get up and running is by using the aeproject toolkit. Take a look at this guide: https://aeproject.gitbook.io/aeproject/developer-documentation/getting-started
The CLI can help you get the node and compiler among with some basic funded wallets for developing locally using
docker. It will not work with
podman at the moment.
My workflow is to create an scaffold project and bump the
It can be rough sometimes but your experience may vary (I have no clue when it comes to JS development).
Nowdays I just go straight to https://studio.aepps.com/ in order to get a prototype scaffolded and move forward from there. This is because the whole testnet/wallet setup is already done for you and the basic editor can help you get started with Sophia errors if you are starting with the language.
The JS SDK is the most up-to-date, and word is that is being updated so you should be fine and future-proof.