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!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚ Looks like you've had a nice surprise there that changed your life 😊 thank you for sharing!!