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Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to getpaid or get adulation by the public but because it is fun to program- Linus Torvalds creator of LinuxAs a child I always bombarded my parents with the ever-persistentquestion of why Naturally after my parents bought our firstcomputer I began to wonder how computers worked I saw the computer asa magic box that drew upon the unknown forces of another dimension todisplay funny cat videos on a mini TV Neither of my parents studiedcomputers and nobody in my household knew how to use Google so I wasleft wondering On a fateful trip to the library I spotted a thickintimidating PHP for Dummies book written for anyone but a curiousten-year-old When I finally grasped the basic lingo HTML SQL PHPand other strange permutations of capital letters I was on my way tobecoming a computer programmerAt first it felt like magic as Hello world materialized on mycomputer screen knowing I had made the computer do that Eager toexplore the frontiers of this new magical ability I learned andpracticed new programming techniques whenever possible Classpresentations were my favorite place to try out something new I didnthave to worry about efficiency or if my code conformed to standards AllI had to do was make something cool to impress my peers and teachers Isaw programming as a series of fun challenging puzzles the learningexperience was a bonus Whenever my program wouldnt run I felt likeSherlock Holmes as I explored the maze that was my code As I solvedeach mystery I felt I had grown not only as a programmer but also aproblem solver Always coming up with new ways to challenge myself Ispent the next few years improving my computer skills with everyopportunity I hadBy the time I was in high school I was ready to begin a large long-termproject In grade nine I launched OmniFeed a social news website Fromthe start the project was laden with troubles Hackers
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