In the 90s our family computer wasn’t yet connected to the Web so I played around with static HTML files and viewed them offline with a program called The Internet. A buddy of mine had already found his way online so he would share random animated GIFs that he had found and I would put them up on my homepage. Once my parents got us our first dial-up connection I was finally able to publish my work.
The hobby eventually grew into a side hustle of sorts when a friend of mine who worked as a programmer asked me if I could design some websites in Photoshop and lay them out in HTML. I was introduced to CSS and wrote a few lines of PHP, mainly to reuse markup. The idea of serving dynamic content from a database was a game-changer so I wanted to learn more about it.
It wasn’t until I got my first full-time programming job that I delved deeper into web development. I learned about modern tools and frameworks, methodologies and design patterns that felt overwhelming at first but were instrumental in directing me to become a professional web developer.