I find it fascinating to hear different developer stories as to how they got started developing software. It seems as though everyone's story is a bit different, but many of them share similar themes. Back when I began my career, the web was very new to most individuals. It was not a given that this thing called the web would survive past being a trend. I was attending University and my friend, Tim, mentioned something about a possible job at the company he worked for.
My Entry to Dev
I was largely still working minimum-wage jobs with very little appeal in the work I was doing. So when Tim mentioned it was working on computers my ears quickly perked up. I was studying computer science at University, so the idea of working on computers was definitely something which appealed to me. As I inquired more about about the position, he invited me to come tour place he worked. He told me more about the position and I asked for his help in preparing for an interview.
At the time, web pages were still a little bit of a foreign concept to 99.9% of the world. I knew of them, but I had never made one purely from a text editor. Tim quickly provided me with a large book on HTML, as online tutorials were almost non-existent at the time. I went home and started building a web page, so I could at least act like I was somewhat knowledgeable come interview time. I interviewed and was offered the position as a part-time employee. And so began my journey into what would become web development.
My First Dev Mentor
As business picked up at our little company, I began to learn more through little client projects. Progress was much slower at the time and we hired a new programmer named Robert, who temporarily moved from his home in Germany to work with us. I quickly became friends with Robert and he taught me so much about web development. Come to think of it, Robert was my first mentor in programming. He had completed a Computer Science program at University and was much more adept in the programming world.