To support National Coding Week, we asked our developers how they got into coding, what they love about their job and what advice they would give others with the hope to inspire those looking to go into the profession. Each day this week we will be uploading their answers.
How did you get into coding? I first got into coding at the age of 7, I know crazy, right? When I was younger, my parents bought me an Atari 800XL and I tried coding on it. I completely enjoyed the process, even though my first program was a complete failure, ‘10 make me a cup of tea’, as you can see, it didn’t really go very well.
What do you love about your job? There is a lot that I love about my job, I get a real buzz from coding because it has so much to offer. It’s satisfying to see that you have made someone’s life easier because a website that you have developed has helped them and their business. There is a positive feeling about being able to figure out the route from start to finish and creating something that matches a client’s vision.
What advice would you give others wanting to get into coding? The first suggestion would be to understand concepts, not language. What I mean by this, is it’s much more important for you to know why you need a linked list, dictionary or binary search, rather than what name it has in this weeks 'best-language-in-the-world-ever'.
Read up on the theory but also learn by doing, write a site, an app or a game.
How did you get into coding? My first steps in coding were working through a coding in basic book on a Commodore 64. I studied Maths at University which lead to a position as a Data Analyst. When this department moved under the IT Department, I transitioned into Software Development.
What do you love about your job? I love solving problems and feeling useful. The power of changing one small thing in a process and the outcome being magnified.
What advice would you give to others wanting to get into coding? Read up on the theory but also learn by doing. Write a site, an app or a game. Coding languages are fairly easy to learn but what sets good coders apart is being able to understand and know how to apply programming principles, e.g. object-oriented design.
How did you get into coding? It was mainly all about timing. I had got to the point in my systems administration role where the job was getting tedious and I wanted a new challenge. I got talking about this to the development manager and he mentioned that they were about to start looking for a new developer so why didn’t I take a pseudo coding test. I had zero experience in development at this point so was a little nervous but figured I had nothing to lose, took the test and a month later started my new job!
What do you love about your job? Mostly, it’s all about the challenges and discovering better ways to do something. I think most people find it strange, but I find it incredibly satisfying to take an idea, start shaping how it will work in my head, build it, and finally see it in action.
What advice would you give to others wanting to get into coding? I think a lot of people find the idea quite daunting, and to be fair, coding can be beast! But if you accept that the big picture may not entirely make sense and focus on daily challenges, you will be amazed at how quickly the big picture starts to come into focus.
How did you get into coding? It was an educational journey from enjoying IT at secondary school, to studying Computer Systems at university, to finally specialising in Front End Development in my final year of university. When I was studying Computer Systems I chose a module in Web Design, I enjoyed this, but it got me thinking about how the designs get onto the web. This eventually lead me to changing my course to Web Development and the rest is history!
What do you love about your job? Definitely getting my teeth stuck into a new project. Putting my headphones on and getting lost in code is the perfect working day.
What advice would you give others wanting to get into coding? Plan, plan and plan! No matter how big your task, having a plan of how you are going to tackle it is key, it can save a lot of time and headaches.
How did you get into coding? When I was in school, I was ahead of my class in Design Tech, so luckily for me, the teacher used to let us play around with creating the HTML code for the school website. Then from there, I just knew that it was the area I wanted pursue, because it amazed me how much you could achieve from practising code.
What do you love about your job? It’s great to work at Ridgeway, because for a growing agency we have an impressive client portfolio which I get to be a part of. And, if I’m honest, I do love to boast about working on large projects for clients that my family and friends have heard of – it’s all fun!
My advice would be to just get stuck in and don’t wait for others to teach you, because there is so much to learn from code.
What advice would you give to others wanting to get into coding? My advice would be to just get stuck in and don’t wait for others to teach you, because there is so much to learn from code. The best thing you can do, is to download an editor and begin creating something that interests you. There are so many tutorials available on the internet for all different coding languages, so just find one that suits you and start coding.
We hope you enjoyed finding out how our developers got into code in support of National Coding Week, and it has inspired your coding career. If you're looking for a role in coding, take a look at our careers page for all our current vacancies.