Start with the Front End.
A dusty Windows XP machine with notepad will do you. Seriously!
Introducing others to new ideas or interests is a great feeling. It’s like sharing a funny joke with your friends and seeing them laugh. You brought laughter to their lives. You made that happen. They will probably share the joke to their other friends that find jokes about bears funny (“Once upon a time, there were 3 bears…Now there are millions”).
Learning a new programming language in the past was a challenge. You either had to buy an expensive book, go to university or know a developer (probably your dad). However, the tools and resources available to anyone these days is incredible. From initiatives like CoderDojo, to a sea of instructional videos on YouTube and educational websites like https://www.codecademy.com, there is something for everyone to get started towards writing their first line of code or building a website.
Will Liam choose software development as a future career (or a future addiction to coffee.) thanks to this brief glimpse into front-end development, who knows? What I do know, is that regardless of his choice, the future is incredibly bright for software development, and front-end development in particular. The ease of which to get started, find helpful resources to increase your knowledge and deliver a final project is amazing. Other industries look on with envy.
Front-end development. The start of a good thing.