Why did you become a developer?

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I became a programmer because it was interesting, fun and was a natural progression from building computers and screwing around.

I was never and still am not a book student. I can't sit in a class, listen to a teacher and learn something. I have to sit down and start doing it myself. I tried going back to college years after high school and no - not for me. So - dentist, lawyer, doctor, architect, etc... were all out.

I've stayed a programmer because I still find it to be fun to build stuff. We had an idea for a new startup last week that I thought was great and as such, have been basically binge programming (14+ hours a day) to get it built. That's the stuff I love. Taking the simplest of ideas and just running with it, adding features, building it as I see fit and see where it goes. Thinking up new ideas for a better experience to make more money. Planning what we need now to justify the cost vs what should wait till later to architecting the system to building it from scratch. I often tell people now who ask - I don't build websites; I build companies. This idea - it was literally 3 sentences sent to me in a text message as something we could use for our events. I took that and will now build an entire startup / company. You can't do that as a lawyer or otherwise.

And it beats anything else I could do without a degree - I love cars and working on mine, but being a mechanic isn't a glamorous job (no offense to anyone). I love remodeling my house but again, construction isn't for me.

We programmers are still pretty new to the world. You ask someone what they do and they say dentist and we have a general pretty good idea what they do. You ask someone what they do and they say programmer and they look at you like you have 3 eyes and 5 arms. A programming asking it - ok, what kind of programming? Web? App? Windows? MacOS? React? PHP? etc... but to everyone else - it's like we live on a different planet and they haven't the slightest idea how we do what we do or why, haha.

Muhammad So - for a long time as I freelanced, I worked with a designer. The designer found the jobs, worked with the client and sent me the design to build into a website. He originally found me in an email from one of his friends asking him if he needed a programmer. We ended up working together for almost 8 years, lol... I must have built 30-40 websites for him over that time.

My side project I get paid for - not a lot (not my value) but enough. We get our money from companies that sponsor the website / events we put on. I met my partner on this through a mutual friend he went to school with and that grew up with my uncle, again - lol...

This new project - no money yet. My partner for the side project will pay for the servers and such, but coding, design, server maintenance, etc... is all on me until it makes money. If it doesn't... well - that's the risk you take as an entrepreneur. Of all the ideas I've come up with; I feel the strongest about this one. Conversely, any project that doesn't make it is still a project for the resume. I'd love for everything I build to turn into reoccurring income but that's not reality.

I signed the papers and am starting part time work next Monday - enough hours / money to make things a little easier but not so much I can't work on my side project full time.

Really - anything past a day job comes down to a bit of luck and a bit of determination. When my day job and I separated late May of this year; I was determined to find part time, decent pay work that I could still work on my side project full time. I didn't want a full time job anymore; I didn't want to have to go to an office every day anymore. Luck would have it, the part time work I found (they contacted me) is for a company I rebuilt their website for 3 years ago - so never burn bridges and always try to leave on a good note. I'd rather make a bit of money from a few different sources (side projects, freelance, part time) and make my own hours and work from home then to make the same money from 1 day job and kill myself for someone else's dream.

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For me it all started with typing stuff on a computer and then the computer did the stuff I told it to do and I could see the results. I thought that was really cool and fun and still do.

I'm able to make virtually whatever I can imagine and it's a rewarding feeling when I am able to make something that is useful.

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This sums up my thoughts perfectly.

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When I was 3 or 4 years old, my dad used to take me to his office and let me play games on his PC. Windows 95. Floppy disks. A custom built CRT TV based monitor. A ball mouse. You name it. By the time I was 10, I used to tell him that dad, I want to be a "computer engineer".

Then by age 16 , I felt like I could have a future in photography. During my college time, at age 19, I felt like I wanted to be a drummer/percussionist.

Throughout this time one thing was constant - my love for tech. I wanted to create software. I had been into this for way too long, and I had indeed taken up IT engineering as my major in college.

When I was 20, in third year of college, I was ready to give all that up for a consultancy job eventually when I happened to intern at Shippable. That was the point when my goals became clear to me. Be a developer. Always be a developer. But continue loving what you do, and stay updated towards the latest tech. Spend the money you earn on your passions. I am working for Hashnode today and that makes me super happy.

Hence, Software Engineer, Photographer, Percussionist, Software Engineer.

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Being a developer was the next step of being a Computer Engineer.

But why did I became a Computer Engineer?

Code is my prosthetic extension. There are things I can't do, or are too tedious for me to do. But when code written by me performs some task X, I get the feeling that I'm capable to perform the said task X, which is a great feeling.

And I think that's why I'm a developer in the first place and will continue to be so.

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I just want to make the world a better place.

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Coding is an extension of the mind, controlling hardware and software through thoughts embedded in and transpiled from conventionalized chunks of code.

One can start with nothing and create fully autonomous entities, capable of controlling other entities and the real and virtual world around itself. Or just the simplest tool to make life a little easier. In this sense, it is similar to creating and nurturing life. That's why referencing a project as "my baby" is not unheard of ;-)

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I became a programmer by accident. I was just tired of working for $8.33/hr. I was working in a grocery warehouse, 2pm to 2am, 6 days a week for $30k/yr.

I saw one of the admins using "macros" in a spreadsheet program to do stuff, and thought I might be able to do that. I went to a staffing firm the next day, took a test on some software called Microsoft Office, and passed with flying colors (I had never seen it before). I got a job checking budgeting spreadsheets (making $10/hr) to make sure they were actually calculating the relevant totals and not simply filling them in. I found the "record macro" button and started teaching myself VBA.

4 months later, I had my first programming job.

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Because my first CTO left, then the second CTO spent less than 7 months. I ended up learning to code and be the CTO at the startup.

The startup exists partially because I chose to not give up.

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I like mathmatics.Programs look like puzzle. I thing programs make a fun and curiosity for make a new thing for people.

.this is a technological world. so we make something or new thing, but it will be usable for peoples and also that is will be Eco friendly. this is a one of the field of day by day learn new thing.new things make a new innovation. it must change the human life and interact with people for make money.

creativity is my passion.A idea will be change the positive and peaceful life for human.it will be useful for low level people that is a good innovation

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Getting bored from sales job and then try to rebuild my dev career.

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I got tired of fighting it/ languages got simpler. My pops is a computer technician so I've been around computers all my life. I was familiar with BASIC, DOS, and even Apple's original cli. But it was never enticing for me to get into it, plus no one knew what computers really were capable of outside of word processing, excel sheets, and being better than a typewriter. Most my childhood was just testing waters, and eventually not finding enough resources to commit when I got stuck. Fast forward, I ended up on the track of becoming an Art Director. I was in a finishing school in San Fran and all my teachers hated their jobs, but loved their side hustles, and they were working with engineers from the big five. But when I saw what they were doing, I knew had to jump in (all were just simple sites that generated 1k clicks a day). It's the one job that encourages failure, pushes you to continuously learn, and rewards you for both. I hate it took so long, but I don't regret it.

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I'm just here for the free beer

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