When I was around 12 or 13 my friend started a Geocities site for his band and a group of kids in my junior high also started a cute little clothing store with a website.
These things got me really into HTML and website building and I learned a lot. I even got into PHP a bit, but never developed much of an understanding of it at that stage.
I never had any of this stuff nourished though. I got a lot of "why don't you go play outside?". So I kind of lost interest for about six or seven years before gradually picking back up programming.
Had I been encouraged I probably could have become one of these prodigies, but I'm pretty happy with how things worked out. I have a pretty well-rounded set of skills and interests to complement the coding stuff.
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