Is this post only for Indians? Not actually but yeah it is more inclined towards them because so is my experience. But still, stay tuned because I can assure it will resonate somewhere with your journey too. This is gonna be long so grabbing a cup of coffee, sit relaxed and start.
It all started with HTML in class 8th when I wanted to create websites. I got this old Toshiba laptop which took around 15 minutes just to boot ( those lovely slow days). I learned the complete computer book’s code but still wanted more and then I took the help of “sololearn” (no promotion) and coded more and more and class over. Class over because my laptop broke down.
I kept learning Java in class 9th and 10th as it was in my school syllabus but I wasn’t too good at it as I just mugged the theory. As my laptop was broken I didn’t stop there, I learned Networking from an app “cybrary.it” and did the course called “COMPTIA A+” from my phone alone. Then by the end of December 2017, my dad gifted me a new hp laptop (8 GB SSD ram and it boots smooth lol). Then I practiced a lot of Java, Data structures and other stuff.
December 2017- the confused new eve
After I scored 92.4% in class 10th I was all-day high. Not in that way high, high as if I was tony stark. By now I get to know I have a craze for computers so I decided to learn more. I thought to learn to hack as then I can be popular among my classmates and you know that’s what every teenager wants. I started learning to hack and realized after 4–5 googles that I need to learn Php for reverse hacking, I started learning PHP but then found out I need to learn HTML to destructure websites, so I started learning HTML, then I get to know about terms like “front-end” and “back-end” developers, “full-stack” and everything and I loved to see all those bright colored codes.
So just because of this, I decided to learn web development. and from here the second part of my journey started.
The not so high school, high school
By now I reached class 12th and at least knew that I wanted to learn web development, the only question was “how?” and “what”.
I started with HTML then one of my Instagram friends got impressed with my codes and gifted his “Udemy” account with tons of courses and I learned ‘CSS’ from them. If you follow me on Instagram and go through the highlight “programming” you can actually see all the development I have done.
My 26 hours day
As I already mentioned I was in class 12th by now I can’t manage time for both studies and web development, plus I was engaged in more of teenage stuff so time managing was a serious issue. I still remember how she told me to “focus on what matters to you” and I did the exact.
All those sleepless nights, All those hard debugging stages and harsh days. The journey was tough, actually tougher then I know. As soon as I end up learning one thing, I see some other better technology. But I kept learning I then learnt React (by Facebook) for the “MVC” (Media View Control) model.
And finally, I made this website for a local restaurant- https://twobrother-0927.firebaseapp.com/#/ (though they never pay my bad lol).
I remember the day when I downloaded kali Linux and ran it on a virtual machine I didn’t sleep the entire night. Just kept running commands over the terminal ( stupid teenagers ).
Web developer with 83%
By the end of May 2019 when the high school results were released, I realized I made it, I became a web developer but one with 83% marks :D
Do I doubt my decision? No. It doesn’t matter to me because when I look back now I thank myself for learning the things at the right time. I won’t say, my parents demoralized me, they were the ones who gave me this laptop, But yeah they also told me academics lies before programming. But I was a dumb eager, full of silly ideas kid, roaming around the streets of deep webs, and here it comes, the current stage.
I never stopped learning
I never had enough time, we went through much financial crisis, I lacked resources, but I never stopped. Many days the question in my mind was “Will it matter?”, and now I know the answer “Yes, it does!”.
See I could succeed because this is what was my passion. No matter how hard it is, if you go for your passion, and all-time just for passion, you will definitely achieve success.
“Everyone can’t be extraordinary, because then by definition no one is extraordinary”- the subtle art of not giving a F*ck.
Not only academics many books like the above one helped me a lot in understanding my inner self. If you have a passion start working for it, from TODAY, if you think today you don’t have time, you will not ever have.
I will love to be a part of your programming journey, for feedbacks or any help you can mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can code together.