My Journey Into The World of Coding

I haven’t always been a programmer. In fact I hated programming or should I rather say, was scared of it. My few attempts to learn a programming language during my undergraduate days ended in futility. I just couldn’t understand the concept at all.

When I proceeded to study for an MSc. in Computer Network Administration and Management at the University of Portsmouth, I had no idea that the “thing I feared most would come upon me”. In the first semester, we were given a project to design and code a “Web-based Library Management System”. Our lecturer assumed that we all had prerequisite knowledge of HTML so he ventured into teaching PHP, MySQL etc. I had no idea what HTML was much less PHP, MySQL. I thought I enrolled for a networking course, what business had networking got to do with programming, I was scared to death.

The project carried 100% of the assessment marks for the course and I was trapped with nowhere to escape. I prayed and literally cried to God for help. When I stopped crying I decided I wasn’t going to fail so I gathered myself, went to the library, and got as many books as I could on the various topics. I took baby steps, watched a lot of tutorials on YouTube and suddenly after a long while, a lightbulb came up in my head. I began to understand the concepts of programming like conditions, loops, variables etc

To cut the long story short, I was one of two that made an ‘A’ in that course and so began my love for programming. I went on to program micro-controllers in ‘C’ during my final project designing and implementing a WiFi Speaker System and also scored an ‘A’.

It’s been a long and scary journey for me but very rewarding. I learnt that the best way to conquer your fears is to confront them head-on. I believe any one can learn how to code and write computer programs. All it takes is a willingness to learn and also having a good teacher to break down the concepts.

I started 9jacodekids because I believe the best time to learn any language including programming languages is during childhood. We’ve helped kids as young as seven to understand the basic concepts of programming that I had to struggle to understand as a postgraduate student. We’ve achieved that by making programming fun and exciting for kids.

Have you had similar experiences? Leave a comment below and let me know what your thoughts are on programming and if you had any challenges learning to program. If you enjoyed reading this article, please share using the buttons below.

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