When did you realize you were meant to code?

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When did you realize you were meant to code?

Posted 21 April 2015 - 06:40 AM

Hi folks. I'm an 34 year old and I currently do Sys admin work. No programming whatsoever. But I work for programmers and they inspired me to want to be a developer. I am going back to school. First class...intro to Java. I don't know if it is the books or my lack of know-how, but man some of these things are difficult. Thank goodness I have the internet for help. Sometime I doubt whether I will be cut out for development work. Only because I see myself as a tadpole in the pond of infinite possibilities. I'm not a quitter though. So I will see it through.

When you were in your school courses or self study did you have your doubts? When did it hit you that you can do it and you are indeed meant for coding?

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Re: When did you realize you were meant to code?

Posted 21 April 2015 - 07:12 AM

I would argue that some need to realize that they were not meant to code. It isn't for everyone.

Really it just comes down to logic. The rest is just syntax.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 07:26 AM

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You have to enjoy coding.

You know you're meant to code when you just spent two days trying to do something so profoundly trivial, you finally get it done, and proudly show your efforts to a non programmer who will asks "why bother?" And you still feel gratified.
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Re: When did you realize you were meant to code?

Posted 21 April 2015 - 07:36 AM

At 18, I was introduced to the magic of computers and fell madly in love with coding.

Now, 18 years after the journey began, I daily contemplate divorcing the career path I loved so deeply in my younger years. I stay for the money. Code is my sugar daddy.

Or maybe I'm just burnt out and in need of a vacation. Hard to tell.
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Re: When did you realize you were meant to code?

Posted 21 April 2015 - 08:58 AM

I second baagvi's response. I can't count the number of times, even at my current job that I've created a small program that does something as easy as marking emails with a color based on rules I wanted to provide. Only to be responded to with a "I could have done that manually in a few minutes...." To which I say "And now you don't have to, you're welcome."

I love doing things like that. Also the gratification you get when some large project is finally nearing completion/complete and you are just ironing out small bugs.
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Re: When did you realize you were meant to code?

Posted 21 April 2015 - 08:58 AM

I think it's your employer, B9. There was a time I enjoyed helping people fix computer problems. I still do, it turns out. But I got so burnt out because of my employer when I was in it, that when they tried to retain me after firing and showing me my severance package, I cited them an unreasonable salary requirement well above what I would accept with a career change.

Now I make almost what I cited them and I love my job a year and a half later.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 09:09 AM

As for me knowing I wanted to code?

I was 12. I had just gotten my very own computer and a dedicated phone line for internet access. In lieu of allowance for chores my parents bought hours of internet service, at my request.

The first thing I did was learn HTML. Then QBASIC. CSS, Javascript, Perl, and it was on from there.

For years I taught myself. Then one day I decided to go to school for it so I could get my foot in the door doing it professionally.

So far that's worked out well.
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Re: When did you realize you were meant to code?

Posted 21 April 2015 - 09:49 AM

Since I was in the womb.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 09:51 AM

So many of you found that love so early on. I knew I wanted to work with computers, which I do, but now I want to be on the other side of things. The creative side. My mind wasn't right for learning programming early on. Now, I think about it all the time because i'm learning it. Problem is my creativity is stunted by my lack of knowledge. That will change though. I'm just getting started.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 10:00 AM

I was in my junior year of high school when I realized computers were something I loved. Took me a couple years to realize that I was meant to program them though. I found the fact that I could chat with people around the world fascinating and started my love of programming through scripting features available in chat clients. But for a couple years following high school I still was on track for a general science based degree (looking to become a chemist) where I just got too caught up in computing. I got my science based degree but decided computers were my thing. At that time I also met my love in Canada over in the chat rooms (IRC back in the day) and moved to Canada to be with her. I did my other degree in computing with a heavy focus in programming. The intake was close to 50 people. By the time I graduated 8 of us were left and I graduated at the top of that class. So that goes to show you that not everyone is meant to do programming. You have to truly love it.
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Re: When did you realize you were meant to code?

Posted 21 April 2015 - 10:07 AM

My tale is simple, like most others. They say I was born under a suspicious auspices: lightening cracked the giant oak tree in the town center, the ground rumbled, and the river ran backwards for some time. Simple stuff, really.

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After being presented to the local folk I led a simple life of toil in the fields and play until the warlord Thulsa Doom came in and razed the region. I, and the rest of village children, were caught up in giant nets carried by ape men and solid into bondage. Truly, a typical childhood.

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My insolent tones had me placed in a burlap sack and beaten with reeds, but it strengthened my commitment for revenge. With help of a plucky foreign side kick I escaped, armed myself, and got into the Grid. Pretty standard, really.

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Here I bounced job to aimless job until even the exciting life as a PuttPutt ball washer was droll. I discovered a turtle that followed my commands and Darn Old System that I needed to manipulate. From there creativity burst forth in all directions. Middle of the road life; barely worth mentioning.

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Now I have lost my companion, need to overthrow Doom, and complete my heroic transformation from backwoods boy to world savior with nothing but my Zapper, a roll-out keyboard, and the thirst for programming. I ply my skills to fund my trip into abandoned space hulks looking for the Power Glove and the Triforcian Master Sword.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 11:40 AM

That's quite the hero's tale there modi. Forged in the fire!
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 12:06 PM

When I was like 12 I wanted to do 3D because I was impressed by the cut scenes in video games (such as Planescape Torment ~.^ ). I didn't know at the time you need to be a football team to make anything in 3D, so when I did my first internship years later in a 3D studio I was very disappointed by how specialised the jobs were. I wanted to do a bit of everything, but in front of me there was a guy who was specialised in vegetation animation, another guy who was doing texturing, another one who only made walk cycles...

I was completely lost. I learned marketing in order to do art direction in advertising until one day, in an small advertising agency, I was asked by my supervisor to make a website for a client. I did the design, then he told me "you take the rest of the day, you learn HTML and CSS and you code it. You'll see, it's easy"... I was hooked!

It's not very advisable to do the design, the coding and the programming yourself, but from that time it's what I've been doing because I could finally do a bit of everything.

I quickly learned web languages like Javascript, PHP, etc. then I figured I could use them in my daily environment : I could use Javascript in Indesign and Photoshop to automate stuff and add features, I could write Python scripts in Blender, I could install any language interpreter on my machine and interact with the file system, make Intranet apps for my folks, etc. it's endless.

When there are so many doors opening in front of you, there is nothing you can do but to get through everyone of them, have a taste of everything, do a bit of everything, because however different, all of these fields have programming in common.

I also learned to love maths for the same reason, although it seems really hard for me too. I'm a bit younger than you but I guess we're too old. Learning new stuff, stuff that change the way our brain is wired, is harder than before and can only get harder the more we wait. This is all the more reason why we should learn as much as possible every day.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 03:43 PM

In my case, I couldn't really tell you when. My mother was a programmer and from early on she told me that I should start learning how to do it, that I would enjoy the field. Of course, she was mom and didn't know anything and I was young and knew exactly what I wanted to do ( although I sort of did do that too).

Jump ahead quite a few years and I start writing programs to just help me do some mundane tasks at work, still not interested in the developing, but saw the advantages of knowing how.

Jump ahead a few more years and I start talking with a few friends that are making GOOD money and exercising their mind instead of doing hard labor. I start self learning more languages and brushing up on what I use to use. Now I am hooked and a full fledged developer, earning the money that I dreamed of in youth, and feel like I am not working. Because, I would be doing the same thing if it wasn't my job, just for no money and on top of what I was having to do to make bills.
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Posted 21 April 2015 - 08:00 PM

My answer is easy. I started to code when I could not find a program I wanted. So I decided to make said program.
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