I don't have a CS "degree", but having taken some CS before dropping the major I certainly learned enough about code before quitting and rediscovering the craft later.
I was just thinking about how much my self-taught time was really just online teachers I didn't know personally.
Kevin Skoglund's Lynda.com courses and Ryan Bates' Railscasts were basically my teacher.
My true origin story is Geocities in 7th grade. There were a couple other kids with their own websites at the time and a friend of mine started a site for his band. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
I didn't consistently have access to a home computer growing up or else I might have stuck with this stuff instead of falling in and out until I was an adult.
Wow Geocities, that's a blast from the past!
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