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Discussion on: What's your coding origin story?

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Joanna Chan

I think for me, it started off with playing around on Piczo, a drag-and-drop site builder, and Neopets.

Neopets was probably my earliest introduction because I remember customizing themes for things like guilds, though it was mostly a copy and paste with light editing. I did a bit of coding on and off since but it didn't stick until my last couple of years in university where I learned more about coding in depth and realized that I enjoyed it and could work as a developer.

A silly story related to Neopets: I remember spotting a spelling mistake on one of the pages and because I really wanted to help and fix it for them, I somehow opened up the page source, edited the text, and "saved" the page, thus showing the "fix." At the time I felt smart, but also a little scared that I "hacked" the site and that they were going to come after me.

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Rob Kendal {{☕}} Author

Neopets!! Yes!! Another classic gem from the roots of the web. Love that you somehow fixed the site. Worrying, but love it!