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Why I decided to learn software development

Before I began the Learn-Verified program, I had picked up front-end web development. I was mostly self-taught, taking a few classes now and then to supplement. That was all fine and dandy for a while, but after several years, it was time for a new challenge. I wanted to understand the big picture—how all the parts play together—so I decided to take on full-stack. It was a natural move to make.

Of course I had some reservations. As someone who’s both right and left-brained, I was worried it wouldn’t be a perfect fit. I thought programming had the potential to be a logic-based activity that I might find annoyingly mechanical. I feared only vulcan-like computer people could be good at it. Turns out that’s not really the case, it is more ambiguous.

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As I’ve gone through the curriculum, I’ve found there are many ways to reach the same end. Sure, there are established standards and patterns (and sure, it may take me a little longer to grasp some of them), but after you get those down, it’s very open-ended. To have the ability to take an idea and build it out from start to finish makes the world your imagination’s oyster. That’s pretty good motivation right there.

JYlive long and prosper