Celebrating the European Code Week

This week is the European Code Week – an initiative by the Young Advisors group at the EU Commission.

The celebration of coding takes place all over Europe between the 11-17th of October.
Since there are many young and curious people out there who want to know more about coding we asked some of the guys in the Trustly Tech team to tell us a little bit about their own journeys. From school to work.

From left in picture: Patrick, Mattias, Patrik and Stephane in the Trustly Tech chill out room.

Hi Patrick! How old are you and when did you start coding

I’m 29 today and started coding when I was 13.

Which programming language did you start with?
HTML. I built a homepage for myself. I was curious to understand how everything worked “under the hood”. I started looking at the source code and began copy/pasting snippets until things started to work.

Do you still have the original page today?
Haha, no…

Do you have any tips for young people that are curious what coding means?
At code.tutsplus.com you will find loads of simple and informative tutorials where you can learn the basics in programming. Then, onceyou learn a little bit, you can start hanging out at stackoverflow.com where you can ask questions and get help in the community.

Hi Mattias!

How old are you and when did you start coding?
I’m 24 years old and I started coding in high school when I was about 16 or 17, a lot of people start at younger ages but if you are interested, then it is never too late.

Which programming language did you start with?I started with simple web projects, but the first real programming language was Java. Java is object oriented language and it is still my favourite language.

Why is it your favourite?Why? It is easy to get started with, there are always people to ask since the community is huge.

Do you have any tips for young people that are curious what coding means?
stackoverflow.com

Hej Patrik!

How old are you and when did you start coding?
I’m 25 and started coding at high school. I was like 16 at the time.

How come you started coding?
I’ve always been doing things with computers, hardware and stuff. It felt natural to start get interested in software as well. Also, I really like problem solving! My first computer ran Windows 95, but I can’t remember the type. It was back in 1996 or so. (Probably a Pentium).

Which programming language did you start with?
A C++ course in high school. I remember that the first assignment I did was to write code to calculate the installment rate on a house loan. But Java is my language of choice these days.

Why is Java you favourite language?
It is all I need to solve problems. It’s what I know and what I’m best at. It flows really well when I work with it. I’ve tried to get as far away from front-end as possible as I’m not very interested in design. I think it would be fun to try back-end coding in a larger project however. That is my ambition.

Do you have any tips for young people that are curious what coding means?
To learn how to find solutions on your own is important. Actually, I remember a course in high school where we had to use Google to try and find solutions for different problems. It is useful to be curious. I’m still really curious how to solve things, I still feel fresh in programming and still feel like I can develop all the time.

Hi Stephane!

How old are you and when did you start coding?
I’m 26 and started coding when I was 19.

How come you started coding?
Why? I started studying at the University and one course was an introductory course to programming. That changed the whole direction for my studies. I found something in coding that I had been searching for, for a long time, personally.

Which programming language did you start with?
Java was my first language. I liked the power to be able to tell the computer to basically do whatever I wanted it to do. One cool thing that I remember doing, as one of my assignments at my university, was calculating distances between different DNA sequences.

Is Java your favourite language?
Not anymore. My favorite language is Scala, it is a descendant of Java. It learned from the mistakes in Java. It has a more advanced typing system and it is easier to use in many ways. It includes convenient “syntactic sugar” amongst many other things.

Do you have any tips to young people that are curious what coding means?
Solving problems is a great way to learn. In programming it is important to learn by practice. One website that I can recommend is projecteuler.net, where you get a series of problems to solve through programming.

Roger Queral in the Barcelona office.

Hi Roger!

How old are you and when did you start coding?
I’m 27 and I started coding when I was 16 years old and I remember that the first thing that I did was ask everyone I knew if they needed a computer program so I could made it for them.

Why did you start coding?
I was curious about how the technology worked and how someone could create an application/webpage that everyone else could use. So I decided to start programming and I find out that it was something that I really liked and after that I never stopped coding!

Which programming language did you start with?
I started with C, C++ and VB back then.

Do you have any tips for young people that are curious what coding means?
The best way to learn is start programming right away and use the Internet to look for best coding practices and also look for an answer to your problems, this way you will get use to program and more important, to solve the problems that you will find along the way.