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National Techies Day

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Technology is now a part of most people’s everyday lives, and the technology sector will continue to advance, expand, and transform our world for years to come. Because of that, National Techies Day was started in order to encourage young people to explore careers in technology.

That got us thinking about how our own developers got started. Whether they are new to programming or have been around since the beginning, they are techies through and through. So, to celebrate the techies on our team, we decided to share a few developer origin stories. Here is what they had to say:

“My dad was a developer, so growing up, I always thought I’d be a developer. I started learning how to program in 9th or 10th grade, doing JavaScript using Code Academy. I got an internship at Unidev and became a developer.” -Issa

“I got my Master’s degree in computer science. I worked as an intern, so that’s where I started. I wanted to code and write something myself; I wanted to use logical thinking, so I started coding. I was a backend developer and learned Java initially. When I was hired at my first job, they hired me as a backend developer, but gave me front-end developer work and turned me into a front-end developer. I had no idea what HTML and CSS were at the time. It’s not what I had planned, but it’s what happened, and now I do front-end development. My mind is tuned to JavaScript now.” -Akhil

“I took my first programming class in high school, which was QBasic, and we had a home computer that also had QBasic, so I was able to make my own programs for fun at home. That’s how I got hooked.” -Kevin

“I go way back. I started out as a business major. Being a developer is just something I fell into. There was no defined path for me – it was more like, let me take this class and see how it goes. As a business major, you had to take a class in every part of business: accounting, business law, HR, and there was an intro programming class that I found interesting, so I took more classes and eventually ended up with a business major and MIS (Management Information Systems) minor. I started in the banking industry, eventually moved to a brokerage house, and then came to Unidev.” -Mark

“I first encountered computers in high school when I visited a technical school, and I thought computers were cool. This was back in 1977, so these were punch card computers. It has been my career path ever since. I was lucky to have a lot of outstanding instructors along the way.” -Dan

“I am an electrical engineer, and programming was the way to make a career out of what I loved. Growing up, I would disassemble and reassemble computers to learn how I could build things myself. I taught myself C so I could write to memory-mapped I/O to control PC-based electronics prototyping boards. The rest is history.” -Ron

Shoutout to all the techies of the world on National Techies Day – thank you for the amazing work you do every day!