The Making Of A Self-Taught Programmer

Do you know what happens to late worm?

We keep hearing people saying “The early bird, catches the worm”. Though no one argues this is true, there is still a good metaphor for the “worm” — specifically the “late worm”. After watching Patrick Bet-David’s short clip, at some point, I was inspired to study more about programming.

As for someone who’s been in System Administration for about 6 years now, programming is not something new to me. However, when we talk about coding websites and applications, I might be the person who has nothing to brag about — totally zero experience in that field. Just last year, after reading an article about Identity Crisis for Ops, I convinced myself to do more and slowly transition to programming. It’s very logical that in today’s technological approach, being able to write a program is an edge to other’s who don’t. Also, if you noticed, the market battle for application and services falls down to PaaS, IaaS and SaaS. In other words, the things you know and do for a living might be one day supported by other service providers at a lower cost than you’re pay rate.

A good worker rely on his abilities. A wise worker knows his capability. Playing safe is the key to “survival” in the IT Industry.

From my stand-point, what’s been changed?

Learning Platform – Way before, people who can’t afford universities ended up working on blue collared job. Today, if people can’t afford formal education — they just simple enroll themselves in online learning platform. So what’s the catch? It’s a lot more advantage.

  • Flexibility – Schedule your availability on your course. Take the class session at your own phase (even replay the video if you haven’t comprehend the subject on your 1st view). Take the class session from any location (basically requires an internet connection and a computer).
  • Affordable – Compared to University fees, taking online course saves you x6 of what you’ll be paying if you take up a university class. Best thing is, by the time you enroll to the online course — you’ll have the option to view it as much as you wanted (you simply own it for the lifetime).
  • Recommendation – Udemy, Linux Academy, Plural Insight

Certification Sets – As much as I try to avoid certification niches, in today’s competition, having one or more is already an advantage. You have more chance to bring home the bacon if you show people your achievements and papers. Whether, you like it or not, having something that will back you up on your claims of “how good you are”  when it comes to this field is vital.

Hiring Process – Not like before, companies and even large corporation is working along side with recruitment agencies/firm to scout talents. Having profiled by these bodies will give you more numbers of opportunity than the rest. However, just a quick note, make sure the site you’re trying to get into keeps your information secured (you don’t want to have your data even resume publicly available from the internet, especially knowing it contains personal information linked to your back accounts or government records).


In today’s time, there is no excuse of ones age, status, religion, origin, gender for not being able to adapt the changes in the IT Industry. As technology keeps evolving and people keeps driving for innovation — having the hunger to learn things is an advantage point. People might think that they have been doing programming longer than your time spent, but it doesn’t guarantee they are better than you in executing the work. People might think that they have been in the project more than your stay but it doesn’t tell they’ve contributed more than what you’ve contributed. People might think they are way better than you, but it doesn’t matter what they think of you — it’s how you see yourself from what you are yesterday.

Do you know what happens to late worm?

It doesn’t matter if they have been into the IT Industry earlier than you. It doesn’t guarantee they are the “early bird” but they could be the “early worm”. You might end up the “late worm” but — you survive.

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