How did you guys start coding? What's your story?

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Enrique Arrieta's photo

December 22th, 2015... I hadn't finished my career yet and was concerned of my future in my country.

I started searching information about jobs in my country in my field and I was disappointed of how the offers were almost zero, I saw that programming jobs were a lot because I'm from Venezuela and lot of people started looking for Venezuelan people because hey... we are cheap.

So well I thought it could be something good if I learned to code so I asked my aunt if she could borrow me her laptop and I started searching for videos on internet of what do we need to start learning. I had used pseudo languages so I knew a little about what we were doing (not too much but at least I knew what a program is).

In that night, searching and searching videos and see what to do and what not (it was difficult to know where to start actually), I found a channel on Youtube were there were some guides for dummies so I saved the channel and started thinking if I should start learning web development.

The next day I decided that I will dedicate my life to that so I started learning and I didn't stop (it was fun actually)... The real reason was that I knew I needed to learn something that I could do remotely because I needed the money to leave my country, and it was so important to earn in a different currency because of the same reason. The first year I worked in my country, I didn't earn enough but I learned a lot and that was the most important thing because I learned enough to work remotely.

And here I am, almost four years later of that moment when a borrowed laptop changed my life haha.

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Enrique Arrieta's photo

A Full Stack Javascript Developer who likes to talk about offshore business

Wish you all the best too! just keep learning every day, it's a long journey but hey... it's a good journey too.

Just remind something: Spread the knowledge, every time you can help some one to learn, do it because you will practice too while doing it.

Ebrahim's photo

The journey started on November 10th, 2016 when I watched Who Am I movie I was curious about what they do with computers specifically the part when they enter some commands in the terminal and some cool stuff happens, so I didn't know what to do or how to learn those stuff I usually use my computer for gaming or watching movies, series, anime ...etc.

I made some searches read some articles watched youtube videos at that point I learned some basics about computers and programming but I loved the programming stuff.

Learning phase

I begin to learn HTML and CSS making some bad looking websites then I started to increase the challenge by learning javascript I was confused and overwhelmed by the concepts (variables, functions, arrays, for loops, ...etc) it was like a nightmare for me but day after day it makes sense.

my biggest fault was learning multiple programming languages and not making any projects or progress with one language it was a time consuming and disappointing phase but after a while, I found udemy and took some courses from it and picked a specific stack

I started to evolve with the stack I picked (MERN-stack) by making small projects and contributing to open-source projects.

and that's it (:

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Sandeep Panda's photo

Co-Founder, Hashnode

Hey Alfonso Interesting experience. Can you please add it as a separate comment so that more people can read it? Right now it's a reply to someone else's comment. :)

wusatosi's photo

I wanted to write Minecraft mods when I was in middle school, that's where my passion for JVM language starts :D

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Roxanne Franco's photo

self-made and self-taught developer still under construction

Oh, that is amazing!! I hope it all goes well, good luck!!

Vladimir Kostov's photo

In high school, we had a hot Programming teacher, and we also had optional classes for students that are interested in that field. I was only interested in the teacher but the more time I 've spent with her on those classes, the more I got into the programming.

That's about it.

Roxanne Franco's photo

self-made and self-taught developer still under construction

A hot programming teacher is the key! Awesome story, thank you for sharing!!! :)

Rafael Morais's photo

Its funny because it was by accident and it was a random thing that change my life completely. At the 9th grade of school I could pick regular school or technical school and I wanted to pick technical school but back then I knew nothing about computers, I just knew I liked to play pinball on windows XP, mess around with games and paint.

I chose a technical course about IT and I tough "wow nice, I will learn how to fix a computer" altough I was not interested in hardware at all. But then when I saw the course program there were subjects such as "Programming Languages", and "Algorithms" and I was like: "This sounds really great, and better then I was expecting" and so the Programming Languages subject soon became my first subject and I enjoyed it so much because it looked like a logic game, and I was really good at it.

Roxanne Franco's photo

self-made and self-taught developer still under construction

I also played a lot of pinball and paint on windows XP too, those were funny times!! 馃槉馃槀 Looks like you've had a nice surprise there that changed your life 馃槉 thank you for sharing!!

Justice Eziefule's photo

I've always wanted to learn to code since I was 17 years old, but procrastination always got the best of me. On September 4th, 2018, I attempted answering a javascript question my coursemate posted on his Whatsapp status(though I had no idea of the answer). The guy asked me if I know js, I said "No, but I would like to. I just don't have the chance".

He said; "One always creates chances for anything he craves for". That sentence is really what inspired me to be a developer.

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Justice Eziefule's photo

Developer? yeah.....Love it? hell yeah!

Thank you and goodluck.

Gergely Polonkai's photo

That始s an interesting story. Back in 1997, at the age of 14, i wrote the controlling software of a military space station.

Oh, wait. You did始t know such a thing exists? Well, maybe i just disclosed a super secret military Intel. Or i was just under the mind blowing effect of contemporary cartoons like Space Ghost and Swat Cats that it became somewhat a reality to me. I have a vivid fantasy to date.

When i was 11 i got a Commodore 64. The PC with 286 (or maybe even 386) CPUs was already available, but we could not afford it. So i wrote funny programs that didn始t do anything interesting. Also these were ephemeral as i didn始t know how to write these programs to the tape. My school had a faculty for PC usage where we even learned the basics of BASIC (pun intended) but i could not use much of my QBasic knowledge at home.

Then in 1995 we moved to a bigger town, where we even had a class to learn awesome things like word processing (using WordPerfect) and tabular data editing (using Quattro Pro). We didn始t learn programming here, but the DOS basics came really handy when i got my first XT and then a 286. I continued to learn QBasic (and later QuickBasic) by reading the sources of the example programs shipped with them.

At the end, i wrote an awesome (at least for myself and my cousin) control panel for our imaginary military space station. It knew our coordinates (X, Y, and Z, relative to 0, 0, 0 which was, conveniently, the position of Earth). I remember sending it to my cousin on a Floppy disk. However, we never had the chance to use it together, as my grandparents, where we spent most our time together, didn始t have a computer.

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Roxanne Franco's photo

self-made and self-taught developer still under construction

Fascinating how everything evolved!! Thank you once again for explaining and sharing those differences 馃槉馃槉 Gergely Polonkai

Bruno Anken's photo

In 2010 I started a technical IT course alongside high school. In this course I studied some basic programming (with Pascal, Delphi and later with Java) and also HTML and CSS. I enjoyed it, but not that much.

Then in 2013 I started a Computer Engineering course at a university and had contact with C and a lot of Java and some deeper programming, hardware and engineering stuff. I then started really enjoying it and also began to seek knowledge about the web. It was in 2016 when I really decided that I liked web development and then started studying it apart of all the university stuff.

First I got in a good touch with the front-end world, then discovered how the back-end worked and also started studying some architecture related topics and nowadays I'm a full-time software engineer at a startup :)

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Bruno Anken's photo

Software/Computer Engineer

Nice portuguese! You're welcome