The things you need to survive this journey.

It didn’t ask for me to become a genius or a math wizard, but it kept asking me ‘is that all you’ve got?’.

I poured my heart into this piece, wishing you success in your journey. I’m rooting for you.

I’ve heard this several times, to succeed in this journey is to master the technical side, to be the best of it, mathematics, algorithms, data structure, statistics, and programming languages.

Those can be learned and mastered through consistent practice and repetition.

Actually, it is more than that.

Every self-taught developer’s worst enemy? Themselves.

Wanna know the secret? Discipline.

On all those years of grinding, pushing…

Take advantage of these free resources, you’re welcome.

“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” — Max Depree

Cryptocurrency has become more and more popular, some look at it as the easiest way to getting rich, some see it as one of the most dangerous investments, some see it as a bubble while others thought about it as the ticket to a better life.

I am not part of the OG investors and traders that have been here for several cycles but I am pretty sure I have served my part in making money in trading leverage, losing money trading in leverage, panic selling…

Years from now, you will look back and say I was funny.

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”-Rumi


You are not alone, every developer has been there too.

Everybody’s gonna start somewhere, so loosen up.

Just know this, some of the Senior Developers today have probably been more scared, some screwed up multiple times, and some are as nervous as you are, and it's perfectly fine, so relax.

It is just part of the journey, that is how we grow up.

Being uncomfortable simply means you are doing something you have never done, you are becoming someone you’ve never been, and you are stepping outside your comfort zone.


Make this be that breakthrough you have been looking for, for once in your life stop quitting.

“Sometimes, the wrong train takes you to the right station.” — Indian Proverb

Know that in the world of self-taught developers, many people failed, and only a few succeeded.

And this is the reality, the question would be, which side do you want to end up with?

This is not to discourage you, but to give you an insight into what’s out there.

I’ve been working as a Developer for almost 5 years.

Here’s the truth, it was very hard.

I wasn’t even sure how I made it here; I didn’t even think I’d made it here, all I did…

Our mind is just so powerful, that whatever you believe in, you become.

“Money can’t but happiness, but poverty can’t buy anything.”

“Money can’t buy happiness.”

There are 2 kinds of people who would say this:

First, someone who has a lot of money just so you can stay the way you are, by living paycheck to paycheck, treating yourself to expensive clothes, designer bags, basically spending your hard-earned money so you can keep them rich.

Second, someone who doesn’t have any, those people are actually not talking to you, but rather, they are talking to themselves — convincing themselves that it's okay to be poor, that it's okay to not have any…

If you don’t like where you are, then why are you still there?

“Your entire life can change in a year, make it this one.” — Ann

It took me 6 months of non-stop swinging the bat over and over just to get that first developer job.

I promised myself that I will make it happen, whatever it takes.

But most of the things come with a price, I already know that before I plunged in.

I cast down all my cards. It wasn’t enough.

I know I need to work harder; I was prepared for the sacrifices I need to give up, but even then it took a lot more than I…

It’s time to declutter your VSCode toolbox, and just keep the important ones, here’s your reference.

“Give ordinary people the right tools and they will design and build the most extraordinary things.” — Neil Gershenfeld

I heard someone said, ‘let’s just install every vscode extensions that we find interesting.’ and I was like — ‘I’ll pray for your machines.”

A year ago when I was still working as a Mobile Developer, trying to save resources from memory to performance, I was really conscious of decluttering every tool I have, not just in VSCode of course.

VScode is a powerful tool, but it can also be a pain in the as* if not handled properly.

Imagine having…

They say work smart, and not hard, I’d say use both.

“You can never understand everything. But, you should push yourself to understand the system.” — Ryan Dahl (Creator of Node.js)

So you finally found your first or second job, now it’s time to do the actual job.

If you think that getting the first job is the end-game, you are wrong; I thought about that too. Then I realized it was only just the beginning of the bigger world.

You did everything you can during your interview; you gave everything you’ve got during the exam/test, and finally, all your hard work has paid off.

Finally, you can rest, chill and…

Is programming for you?

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.” — Mandy Hale

The self-taught developer journey has never been this popular years ago. As technology progress, more and more are curious and dreamt of joining on board.

There has been a massive increase in mentoring, several websites have aroused offering services like boot camps and guides to everyone who wanted to be part of these elite-looking nerds while some are dreaming to start their own startup one day.

Whatever end-goal you have in mind, this article will focus on…

This is a 6-min read article, with 5 years in the making, don’t forget to bookmark it.

“First you LEARN, then you remove the ‘L’ ”

Code like it’s your pride

like it’s your blood and tears, express yourself by the way you work, and the way you code.

It is your identity, make it good.

If you want to impress and show off your skills, then slowly but surely improve the way you write and structure your codes.

It doesn’t have to be right now, it will build eventually, through trial and error you will create your own style, a way that works right for you, the way it fits on you.

In time, you will develop it, something unique, something…

Ann Adaya

Software Developer, exploring Crypto and Blockchain.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store