What Inspired You To Learn Programming?

Written by: Reinder de Vries, April 26 2015, in App Development

I think I started programming when I was 10 years old. I got a 66 Mhz i386 PC from a friend of my parents with Windows 3.11 and found a program on it that turned out to be a BASIC compiler. I got a book from the library and tried out different programs, largely copying chunks of code and attempting to change it.

Later on I got a newer Windows 95 and someone gave me a copy of Visual Basic, which I tried too. A friend gave me a computer powerful enough to run a PHP server, so I tried to code turn-based games in PHP. We found out together how to route a domain to that computer. I was lucky to have such opportunities, and I don’t know what motivated those friends, but I’m sure they thought their gift would be used well.

I think that curiosity inspired me to learn programming, and continue the pursuit. I’m not a good student and I rarely learn if I must, but don’t find it interesting. My passions drive my interests, and vice versa. Programming code stays the same and does what you tell it to do, which is kind of “safe”. You can’t blame a computer for not doing what you want, because you instructed it wrong.

Later on, I found that my programming skills were valuable. I started building websites and building up a client base, ultimately starting a company, hiring people and making a decent living.

These days I’m working on a couple of client projects, but most of the time I’m learning others to code their own apps (with LearnAppMaking.com). I think there’s not enough engineers and programmers in the world, the future of mankind relies on innovative technology. I hope I can spark curiosity and excitement for coding in others, by giving them a good starting education and enough motivation to keep going.

I would never be where I am today, without the curiosity for that program icon that said “BASIC” and without those that recognized my curiosity and wanted to see me thrive.

I can clearly remember the excitement when finding out with the book: “This must be the program they use to make other computer programs!”

Reinder de Vries

Reinder de Vries is a professional iOS developer. He teaches app developers how to build their own apps at LearnAppMaking.com. Since 2009 he has developed a few dozen apps for iOS, worked for global brands and lead development at several startups. When he’s not coding, he enjoys strong espresso and traveling.

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