How I became a web developer.

Welcome to my blog, this is my first ever post. I hope you enjoy it. I thought to start with I’d share my journey of how I became a web developer.

Introduction

My name is Tyler Potts. I make websites, apps, games and more, I enjoy every aspect of being a front-end developer. I was born and raised in the UK, in a town called Northampton and as of writing this blog post (22/12/2019) I am 21 years old. I am also a father of two sons, Leo & August.

My first coding experience

When I was 12 years old I loved playing video games, but one late night while I was playing a game known as Call of Duty, when a player joined my lobby with mods/hacks and he or she was flying around the maps and they enabled low gravity for all players in the game. I really enjoyed playing with the modifications but once the player left the game I couldn’t do this anymore, so I started looking into how I could do it myself.

I googled “how to install a mod menu for Call of Duty”, this came up with some results but none that still worked. So I started looking into how to make my own mod menu and everything pointed towards coding. I looked into a lot of different programming languages such as; Java, C, C++ and Visual Basic. I soon learned that it is not easy to learn a programming language. I wrote a basic script in C, and it looked a little like this:

int main() {
   printf("Hello, World!");
   return 0;
}

My first piece of code, a “Hello, World!” program.

The realization

After writing my first program I came to the realization that I was not going to be able to create a mod menu or any hacks any time soon. So I gave up on that idea but instead had a desire to continue learning to code, but I found that C was actually very difficult to understand.

I started looking at making my own video games, but again I found this to be extremely difficult to understand.

I was feeling quite bummed out that I wasn’t able to create a mod menu or even understand. I decided I was going to give up learning to code but as I went to watch a video on YouTube an advert came up that mentioned making your own website. So, I decided to look into making my own website.

Making my first website

I was 13 years old at this point and I had no idea what sort of website I wanted to make was. After looking online at HTML tutorials I decided I was going to make a website about me. So I started building a very, very ugly website which consisted of a blue background, a wall of centered text and a really out of proportion image of Goku (Anime Character). Overall it took me about 1-2 hours to make following a few tutorials on the internet.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of the website I made but I was super excited about what I created I showed all my friends and family. I was ready to put my website live, until I realized that it costed money to put the website on the web, and I was only 13, I had no money and no idea on how to put my website live because of this I gave up making websites and returned to just playing games and going to school.

Four years later

Four years later, I finished my exams, just left sixth form and I started my first job, an apprenticeship as an I.T. Support apprentice. At this point I really wanted to be an “I.T. Guy”. During my time as an apprentice I had to create a website for my course work and found my passion for coding once again.

I started to make a bunch of websites (none which ever went live), a bunch of really, really bad websites. I loved it! It was super exciting to be writing words in an app called Notepad++ and it to translate into text, and graphics on a webpage.

A couple of weeks before I finished my apprenticeship I knew I had to find a role in web development and so I did. I started my first ever job as a junior web developer at a company called Outlook Creative in July 2016.

Today

Fast-forward to December 2019, I am now senior front-end developer working at an awesome company called Zinc Digital, in a team of enthusiastic, fun and creative people just like me. I create tutorials on my YouTube channel for people to learn web development just like I did, now just shy of 5,000 subscribers.

I love what I do and I can’t wait to start this new venture of blogging my experiences in web development, I will write about my time as a web developer, tutorials and more!

Thank you for reading my story. I hope you enjoyed it.