Daniel Ek is the co-founder and CEO of Spotify, the music service almost single-handedly responsible for convincing a generation of music pirates to start paying for music again. An incredibly talented businessman, Ek taught himself to code when he was just fourteen. In this article, we will explore how Daniel Ek learned to code and eventually founded Spotify. Continue reading “How Daniel Ek Learned to Program and Created Spotify”
Self-taught programmer Kevin Systrom founded Instagram with Mike Krieger in 2010. While working a job as a marketer, Systrom taught himself to program and built the first prototype himself. Just two years after its launch, they sold Instagram to Facebook for one billion dollars. Systrom continues to manage the company today, and over the course of his leadership, he has kept the app elegantly simple, which has helped secured Instagram’s popularity. In this article, we will explore the coding education of Kevin Systrom. Continue reading “The Coding Education of Kevin Systrom: Creator of Instagram”
You’ve built a website, and you are ready to take it live. Before you do, you need to make sure you secure it. Even if your site does not store any sensitive data, it could get hacked to act as a temporary server for malicious purposes like relaying spam emails, botnet propagation, and even bitcoin mining. In this article, you will learn how to secure your website against attackers. Continue reading “How to Secure your Website”
In February 2017 I lost my job at Fintech. To make ends meet, I started working odd jobs: cutting lenses for glasses, fixing and tuning cars, working as a carnie, and doing any small side programming projects I could. Despite my best efforts, after a few months, I lost my apartment. This is the story of how I went from having a home to homelessness and back again by becoming a programmer. Continue reading “How I Escaped Homelessness by Becoming a Programmer”
You put in the work. You learned how to program. Now you are ready to start applying for jobs, but all of the entry-level positions require three to five years of experience. Is all hope lost? No! In this article, I am going to show you how to get a programming interview with no experience. Continue reading “How to Get a Programming Interview with No Experience”
New programmers always ask what language they should start with and I tell them they should learn Python first. Here are some reasons to start your self-taught programming adventure with Python! Continue reading “Why You Should Learn Python First”
Steve Wozniak has plenty of degrees. He did most of the coursework for a Bachelor’s and has been awarded numerous honorary degrees, but the Apple co-founder’s great skill comes from rigorous self-teaching.
Like many self-taught programmers, his childhood activities combined a love of mathematics and technology with a decidedly ambitious personality. Later, he attributed his passion to inspiration from his father and encouragement from his primary school teachers– as well as watching Star Trek on TV. In fourth grade, he first developed a taste for mathematics. He had an early passion for radio transistors and earned a ham radio license at ten years old. At 11, he built a “ticktacktoe” computer. Continue reading “How Steve Wozniak Blended Self-Directed Learning with Traditional Education”
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and Square, is one of the most successful self-taught programmers in history. In addition to creating two companies that have become household names, he’s gotten plenty of recognition from his fellows in the technology field. In 2008, the MIT Technology Review named him one of the top 35 innovators in the world under 35. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal awarded him the “Innovator of the Year” award in technology.
Throughout his career, he’s been vocally proud to be self-taught. In an interview with Business Insider, he stated his opinion that “most of the best programmers are self-taught.” Let’s explore his many successes, learn from his less numerous failures, and try to understand the drive that brought him to the forefront of the technology world. Continue reading “How Jack Dorsey Learned to Code and Birthed Twitter”
In 2018, we have loads of resources for teaching ourselves absolutely anything– including programming. Even though programming has joined the ranks of disciplines taught via formal education, there are many other routes a budding programmer can take. Online courses abound, as well as individual books, videos, podcasts, and guides. But imagine having none of that at your fingertips, like the first programmers. One of the greatest self-taught programmers in history, Margaret Hamilton, made her mark on technology long before any programming classes were available. Continue reading “Margaret Hamilton: A Critical Player in the Apollo 11 Mission and the Founder of Software Engineering”
The following is an excerpt from The Self-Taught Programmer: The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally that teaches you how to build Hangman in Python.
In this chapter, you are going to combine the concepts you’ve learned so far and build a text-based game, the classic Hangman. If you’ve never played Hangman, here’s how it works: Continue reading “Learn to Build Hangman in Python”