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Discussion on: How old have you been when you started programming and what was your first project?

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Maria Boldyreva

I built my first website in the 5th grade. I don't remember what it was about, but I fell in love with the process. Then over the years I built some websites and did some freelance work.

Then, at 21, I often used a language learning website and I didn't like it how the team treated the users and how slow they were to implement new features. I thought that I would manage to build such a platform for myself by myself. I knew I would fail, but I wanted to try. I knew nothing about web programming and what technology I needed, so I opened their vacancies and saw that they were hiring senior Django developers. This is how I learned about Django. Then I opened Django tutorial and started building. I finished the website in eight months, three months after I landed my first job as a Python backend developer.