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Are there any self taught developers here?

I know this is a app for beginners but is there anyone that is self taught here that has made it in the door of any company as a entry or junior developer or even freelancing?

6th Jan 2017, 6:13 PM
Demetrius Lewis
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I started studying when i was around 19, and i studied religiously for roughly 2 years before i tried to apply as a developer, however 5 years later i'd still see myself as a student rather then a professional as there is always something left to learn. You don't have to be a master to score a job, think of it as when you take your drivers license. They expect you to be able to drive in a good manner and thinking but there are still experiences you can only get by actually driving the car and perhaps those you wont encounter until years later. I hope I made any sense to you.
6th Jan 2017, 6:51 PM
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The biggest mistakes i did was trying to focus on to many languages in the start, this would only confuse most people and while you might get a broader view of languages it usually helps to have one primary as this is what you would use to show an employer or customer in a portfolio. This is also because programming language applications these days becomes a lot more common and you will have to compete with other applicants so if you have something you can shine in there is a bigger chance for you to get hired. Another thing to avoid is to fall off the train, try to not stop using the languages you learned as it is with any language, if you don't use it you will start forgetting it. To aid you in the future you can setup something i mentioned before, an idea bag that consists of ideas or concepts of applications you want to make and try to create them using what you learned, if it's successful maybe this is something you can show in your future portfolio or just look back at to see how much you improved.
6th Jan 2017, 8:01 PM
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I started in 2015 to learn Web design, I learned html, css & JavaScript and then june 2016 I started learning VB.net and got job as Developer in August as junior programmer. I had less education and used to work in marketing, restaurant. Before being as programmer, my last job was data entry operator. Now my age is 31. I am still learning and want to become senior developer by next year.
9th Jan 2017, 5:02 PM
Vikas Chauhan
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I taught myself enough to get hired as developer by reading books and following online examples, i later moved on to create "idea apps" to get a feel for how i would use the languages i learned in real world applications. Now i spend most of my time when not programming trying to teach others as this approach allows you to see where you lack knowledge to teach and provides me a way to learn what i should read up on. This app is merely an introduction to what you can do with the languages. I would also say that you are going to learn the most of it when you get hired as there is usually senior developers or courses available to teach you extensively as well.
6th Jan 2017, 6:26 PM
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Self taught programmer here. Dropped out of highschool and went travelling for 4 years, started programming with the goal to make a living. Went from basic frontend web development(js, html, css) to NodeJS. Then I started learning python and Django. Also did a bit of C just for fun. Landed my first junior dev position with ease, had multiple employers offering me positions. My advice is to not give up, although that sounds really clichee, but there are heeps of opportunities for somewhat skilled programmers out there. I dont even consider myself intelligent, but discipline and dedication goes a long way with practically any skill.
10th Jan 2017, 1:01 AM
William Zimmermann
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I taught myself C# and basic HTML-CSS 4 years ago when I was 12 , 2 years later I learned C++ and some SQL and F#. This year(or you could say last year :2016) HTML5/CSS3/JS as well as Haskell ,Java, F# and right now learning Prolog. I am planning to join a programming course this(2017) year for my school.
6th Jan 2017, 7:10 PM
Wen Qin
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@alex thank you that makes a lot of sense. I feel more confidence now about it. 😀
6th Jan 2017, 7:22 PM
Demetrius Lewis
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I am trying this at 46 ...I am learning C# and xaml to create apps. I don't really need a job as I already have a career as a controls engineer. I don't think it be too much of a stretch from programming machinery to programming mobile phones. but I would like to move into Mobile development. mostly to create my own apps...
10th Jan 2017, 12:16 AM
James Brown
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Im only 9 and I self taught myself JavaScript
9th Jan 2017, 9:08 PM
smartguy100 - avatar
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@alex can you provide any advice and note any mistakes to avoid on your journey of self teaching
6th Jan 2017, 7:25 PM
Demetrius Lewis
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@alex thanks again Alex you've been a great help!
6th Jan 2017, 8:38 PM
Demetrius Lewis
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I taught myself bash and last May (2016) i started with python. I have to say i love it. I'm in computer networking and using python together with modules like netmiko and hnmp.SNMP made my life so much easier. Taking away annoying recurring tasks is such a benefit for me and my colleagues. Sololearn came into play later, but i'm glad they are here. They do great work. I started with: learnpythonthehardway.org.
7th Jan 2017, 10:09 PM
Bart Dorlandt
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I had a bit of a nonstandard introduction to programming. I started on the business side, but moved to IT after picking up SQL. I led our L3 support team and picked up everything on the job. I, of course, would have liked some programming background prior to starting, but I'm glad that I made the move to IT.
9th Jan 2017, 4:08 PM
Keith Lattie
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I started self-learning, enrolled into a tech edu, then college, then a job at a bank as a tech analyst. Self-learning really helps you in becoming a disciplined developer and problem solver, especially useful when it comes to debugging. 😤 🤓 Though this app may be for beginners, what makes it great is it really hits the foundation of "what you need to know: from every language offered. Amd if your foundation is strong, anything built on it (knowledge/skills) will hold firmer :) hope this helped.
10th Jan 2017, 2:41 AM
Hartake - avatar
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hey guys if you are here jumping from one language to another without settling down and practicing and actually doing something with the language you're gonna definitely fail why because I've made that mistake before I learnt html,css,javascript,php my main goal was to become an Android developer and was doing this just because I thought that building hybrid apps was good for and the I never created a single line of a website or created any app but I took java lessons and practice it here several time on sololearn and then used teamtreehouse to learn Android I'm saying this because most people here learning to code for different reasons and if you don't practice well with the language .that suites your category you won't enjoy it so it's best you learn to code by coding yourself that is the only way you'll know you're making progress.
10th Jan 2017, 6:33 AM
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I started by going to trade school in '78. Almost none of the stuff I learned helped me on the job, but the certificate helped me GET the job. It was buying books, and watching the trends to figure out what to learn (anybody heard about Forth? ... Point made). If you have your heart set on programming, talk to them in the biz, learn the language d' jour, and find a way to show your work. Remember it not what you know, or who you know. It's what you know, and who knows it.
10th Jan 2017, 1:01 AM
Mike L.
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hello...i am studying about many diffrent web development and programming cources from when i way 14 year old. nobody taught me but today i know html,html5,css,css5,php,javascript,jquery,ajax,angularjs,googlemaps,svg,c,c++,java,python,android,xml and other some of small cources and frameworks like wordpress,bootsttap,reactjs etc
10th Jan 2017, 2:46 AM
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im self learning, and have managed to pick up small programming projects at my existing workplace. This gives the benefit to my team, and I get to practice tangible skills. The advantage for my employer is that I understand the context for which Im programming - which is not always the case when a project is "outsourced" to the developers.
10th Jan 2017, 4:24 AM
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I started teaching myself in 2015,then took a break,then i started again last year June continuing with python and html.and I am 17
10th Jan 2017, 6:16 AM
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Their are many inspiring people commenting here and I just wanted to say well-done to all of your hard work. I've recently finished University with a degree in Graphic Design among the course I dipped my toes in web design and loved it now I've finished University I'm still working to ensure a web design job. Alex mentioned that the biggest mistake is to forget how to code because that's what happened to me and now I'm trying to re-education myself. Bottom line is self taught or taught by a teacher it doesn't matter as all as your passionate about what your learning.
10th Jan 2017, 1:22 PM
Adam Coburn
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