Jon Chan is the epitome of a self-taught developer. Over many years, he taught himself how to program. And today, Jon is a software developer at Stack Overflow. Yes, he has “made it”.
Jon landed his first “real” job as a professional developer through his personal projects. For instance, his site Bento. Bento helps people learn to code the way self-taught programmers have by curating the best free coding tutorials from around the web.
Bernice Kwade is a 15 year old girl who recently completed the Girls Who Code (GWC) summer immersion program in Boston, Massachusetts.
Since completing the program, Bernice has started a GWC club at her high school in Holyoke, MA – the Paulo Friere Social Justice Charter School.
For those unaware, Girls Who Code is probably one of the most well-known organizations in the US that promotes girls in tech. Catering solely to high school girls,
Varand Abrahamian is not your typical 16 year old high school student.
Whereas most 16 year olds relax, go to sleep away camp, play video games, work as a lifeguard, etc. on their summer off, Varand spent his building Learn Code With Me – an online video course platform.
(Yes, I know, his site is just one word off from mine!)
Dabbling in Code Since 9 Years Old
Varand got his first computer at nine years old.
Over the last several months I had been learning Python, perfecting the fundamentals of programming. I eventually came to a place where I wanted to start building web apps.
However, I was in a predicament. Should I follow the Python + Django route or the Ruby on Rails (RoR) route? After doing research and speaking with others, I decided to go with the latter for several reasons.
Ruby on Rails is hot right now.
Ciara Burkett is a self-taught Meteor developer. But more than that, she is helping others learn how to build with the Meteor framework. However, unlike some of the other women I have featured on Learn to Code With Me, Ciara didn’t have an early start at coding.
Despite a love for computers as a child, it took Ciara years to actually start learning how to code. And when she did begin in 2009, it wasn’t even on her own computer for she didn’t have one at the time.