This is a question that has been floating in my mind for a while. Being a 12-year-old myself, I have been asked this many times by adults who clearly don't understand that I'm committed. Well, kind of.
A common mistake to make when you see a kid that impresses everyone is to think that they aren't serious. Which is ridiculous. I've been coding since I was seven, which means I've been coding for five years. That's more than a lot of adults.
There are other things that some people tell me as well:
Some adults say, yay, continue, you'll get far, blah blah blah. However repetitive and ear-grating this sentence is, I appreciate it (I am not going to be a programmer when I grow up. No way. This is a HOBBY. A serious hobby, but not a career. I'm becoming a fantasy author for sure.
Some adults prefer to say that no, kids should not code, and coding is something that is done by adults and adults only. Really demotivating!!
And some adults ignore me. I mean, that's better than the above response...
Only a few adults have done this to me, but...
yOu sHouLd gEt iNtO bAcKeNd. fRoNteNd iS bAd. yOu'Re tOo sMaRt fOr fRoNtEnD.
tRy R. iT's sOoOo pOwErfUl.
Backend is boring. I'm known in school for being the smart AND cool kid, as my code creations are awesome. I'm not really going to risk that reputation. It was hard to come by!
Also, I get the feeling that these adults aren't being really honest.
So, once and for all — what is your opinion on children coding? Be honest. Just don't be mean.
Eh, do whatever you want.
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(Yes, I programmed the website myself)