The Rules Bill Gates Broke Learning to Program

Bill Gates mugshot 1977

Today, Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world. As co-founder of Microsoft, Gates built a tech empire. And as co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he’s given away billions of dollars. But who was Bill Gates before Microsoft? It turns out young Bill Gates was a rule breaker—and that might explain why he became one of the most successful self-taught programmers in history.

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Seven Industries That Hire People With Programming Skills

Global economy connected by computers

Programming experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. Adding in-demand programming languages like Python to a resume makes it more attractive to hiring managers in many industries even outside the technology sector. These seven industries that hire people with programming skills also offer above-average salaries and millions of job openings. Continue reading “Seven Industries That Hire People With Programming Skills”

Eight Coding Careers For Self-Taught Programmers

Team work.

People often ask me what kind of coding careers they can pursue once they learn to program. While you can work as a software engineer, there are many other careers you can pursue as well. Here are a few career options for self-taught programmers.

Software Engineer

Software engineers design, construct, test, and maintain computer programs. Whether that means working on Tesla’s diagnostic system, improving Google’s algorithm, or working on a new product at a startup.

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How I Escaped Homelessness by Becoming a Programmer

Matt Munson thinking about his journey becoming a programmer.

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”

How I Went From a Warehouse Employee to a Full-Stack Developer

Full-stack developer jumping over boxes.

I started programming in C++ when I was about 11 years old. I thought nothing of it, I just thought it was “cool,” and I would eventually fall away from it. Just a phase. Especially since I lived in a tiny town, and pretty much all of my peers hardly even knew how to turn a computer on. Fortunately for me, however, I had been around them my whole life. My dad was basically the go-to repairman for the town’s computer troubles. I learned early, mostly about hardware. Continue reading “How I Went From a Warehouse Employee to a Full-Stack Developer”

Sabrina Pasterski: The Girl Behind the Next Einstein Meme

Sabrina Pasterski

There is a meme going around on Facebook about a girl named Sabrina Pasterski who built a plane at 13 years old, and the press is hailing as the next Einstein. I kept finding myself thinking about the meme, wondering if it was all true, so I decided to do some research to find out more about the girl behind the meme. Continue reading “Sabrina Pasterski: The Girl Behind the Next Einstein Meme”