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Discussion on: Took a leap of faith this year to pursue a career in programming. Shipped my first thing recently, here's my experience.

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Adam Coster

The "why" is definitely the most important part. Good on you for making sure you could get answers.

I was also amazed when I first started just how much I could already do while not knowing very much at all. The fact the programming is useful at all levels of skill is tremendously important, and it's a shame that it isn't taught more broadly in early education. Fast wins, fast feedback, learning math and comp sci principles as side effects of making tools and toys -- programming is perfect for education.