Every time you refresh ilearnedtoprogram.com you’ll see a different one sentence story from a programmer about how or why they started programming.
At the moment, there are 351 stories.
Here are a few:
“by finding artistic problems which made absorbing the knowledge easy.” – Lilli Thompson
“because my first computer would only sit with a blinking cursor if I didn’t program it.” Ashley Feniello
“because my TRS-80 didn’t come with any video games, so I had to write my own.”
– Mykle Hansen
“by writing a BASIC game on a manual typewriter, and being driven by my mom to the local Radio Shack where I typed it in to the TRS-80 I coveted.”- Matt Hillman
“in college, when I realized I could have a big impact on the world by building software with a focus on humanity.” – Vanessa Hurst
“because I believed (and still do) that it’s one of the best skills to have in order to change people’s lives for the better.” Alyssa Daw
“when I wanted a piano and got an Atari — programmed the keys to make sounds.” Katie A. Siek
“because I wanted to make interactive electronic literature.” – Zuzana Husarova
“because I wanted to build cool things. Now that’s my job.” – Alex Gaynor
“because I like learning languages — computer ones included!” – Angelica Lim
“after graduating with a Philosophy degree.” – Thomas Saunders
“by being a designer who needed a programmer and couldn’t find one!” – Catherine Hicks