Today I was listening to episode 1 of the Ladybug podcast (which is great - you should definitely check it out) where they described how they all got started in tech.
So I thought I'd ask the community: What's the story of how you learned to code?
When I was 12, I found out that you could program in BASIC on our old ATARI 800. I made some funny beeps and drew some awesome lines on the screen 🤘
I loved computers, but didn't touch code again until high school, when I picked up HTML for the first time
I spend a stupid amount of time trying to make rounded corners on divs before
Finally, in college, I took my first CS class in JAVA
I got my first job doing Ruby on Rails; which was the first programming language I felt like I could think in
Now I'm a web and mobile developer - and I still think it's magical that I can make a computer do stuff just by typing ✨
SO: What's your developer origin story?
Top comments (8)
In my grade school years:
"View Page Source"
Me: What is this magic?
Yes! Definitely loved doing that and looking at random websites to get ideas :)
Started playing with HTML at the age of 14. Back then we were using Microsoft Frontpage (RIP 1997-2003).
I loved maths, lego and drawing as a kid. When I had to choose a diploma in 2003, I chose to pursue a Diploma in Digital Media Design and got my first experience with Photoshop, Flash Actionscript, Coldfusion etc..
2009 tried getting Ba... but got bored in school. Went for summer internship in the first year because I was so bored. Got offered a job at my internship instead. Quit school the next day.
Never looked back since then :)
I was a facility engineer in charge of an office building in Washington DC back in the early 90's. We installed an energy management system and used a computer to interface with the hardware. About that time, I was getting very interested in knowing how to program and was going to computer shows which were very popular at the time. I put together my own 486 and got my hands on Visual Basic, that's how I got started.
"Now I'm a web and mobile developer - and I still think it's magical that I can make a computer do stuff just by typing"
Haha, I've been a programmer for some time now and still think it's pretty cool I can make the computer do things through the code I write.
Really. It was more like this.
I still work as an email developer now, but I put in a lot of time to keep my front-end and programming skills up to date.