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How did you get started coding?

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Jordi’s Answer

I started coding in college and wish I had been exposed to it earlier. I took an intro data science course that was taught in Python and have loved programming ever since. I started building web scraping tools and became pretty fond of automating excel processes through python / VBA scripts in my first job as a consultant.

If you’re an interested in getting started I highly recommend playing around with some free online courses. Any language. Whatever piques your interest the most. After you learn your first language it becomes easier to pick up additional ones for different things you want to build.

I’ll link some sites in the next steps if you’re interested! Strongly recommend CMU CS Academy which is a great online resource that has an interactive virtual textbook and cool assignments / projects. I use this curriculum to teach multiple levels of CS courses to high school students through Microsoft’s TEALS program.

Jordi recommends the following next steps:

CMU Coding Academy
Udemy
Codewars (fun coding puzzles)
Coursera
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D’s Answer

I started coding in school in grade 8. Once I found I liked it I nagged my parents to buy me a PC for use at home. I taught myself quite a few programming languages on that home computer by the time I started college. Home PCs suitable for coding are much more affordable now, and an underpowered laptop should more than suffice.
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Tariq’s Answer

My first programing course was in BASIC language and that was the first time I ever had an opportunity to work on a computer. No Goggle or internet so books were the only source I had to learn the basics of BASIC programming language.

Today there are many languages and many opportunity to learn programming though online course and tutorials. Start small and learn the basic concepts of programming and then build on that with the language of your liking ( Go, Python, Java ).

You can get started free on Khan academy learning about HTML and web programming.
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Kanwar’s Answer

My first computer was one mainly used for gaming -- in those days. So, essentially, I started my programming journey by writing (simple) games. It's always great learning something while having fun, right? So, that's how I got started.
Even today, when I learn a new programming language, and yes I am still learning, I start by learning to code something that makes me happy. Soon, I am writing more serious apps and programs.
As for choice of language, look at some programs already available online. You may find yourself drawn to a particular language syntax or the kind of apps you can write. Picking a language of your choice, and getting started can be the most fun part of programming.
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