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|Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by ultimatex(m): 11:19am On Jun 20|
My name is Nicholas Idoko.
I have been writing codes since 2013 and It has not been a smooth journey, there are a lot of ups and downs and I have learned a lot in the process. I am still learning every day for I am still in the process to this day.
The webmaster section of Nairaland used to be so much fun during my early days of programming but now it seems to have turned to a serious marketplace for various services. I obviously do not have a problem with it in any way but I would like to mix things up a bit by sharing my experiences. I would reminisce a little and we can share knowledge and learn the best way to move forward in whatever we do.
If you are interested in my experience, I am sorry if you do not have the patience for it is a very long one and I can only cover it in parts.
With all respect, I am to do you the honor of starting from the very beginning of how it all started, bear with me.
My programming journey started in school. I schooled at Federal University of Technology, Owerri. I was studying Electrical/Electronics Engineering. (I should have done Mathematics or Computer Science ).
In my year two, we were introduced to Java and C++, I do not know if this applies to other schools but we were not taught much, just simple introductions about how to use system.out or include libraries in C++. Who invented Java and C++, theory stuff, I have likely forgotten now. I liked the idea of writing command and the computer does it for you. It was fun during practicals, everybody came out and we took turns writing simple commands in the school computer room. I enjoyed it but what we were taught was basically nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Funny enough, all those things did not spark my interest in programming. I just knew what it did and I focused on making sure I understood other subjects since the goal was to graduate with First Class . I was so naive. It's cool though because, after 3 weeks from my last practicals in the computer room, everything changed.
In the mid-year of 2013, ASUU decided to go on strike. We were about to write exams the following week. Deep down, I was happy and filled with Joy
My friend, Nnamdi introduced me to Game of Thrones and another friend introduced me to Suits. Mehn, I had so many movies to watch and boy, did I watch those movies, NO EXAMS, GO HOME, ASUU IS ON STRIKE. One evening, I was browsing through Nairaland and someone posted 10 richest men in the world. I started researching all these men and it dawned on me that half of them got their money from software
The thought was deeply stuck in my mind. The time, I was spending watching those movies started to soar because I started to fill like I was wasting my time. I wouldn't lie I kept on watching the movies like I didn't care at all. Students have started to gradually travel back home as a result of the strike. I was in no rush so I just stayed back but there was a little problem. NEPA cut the light of my lodge in school, I started to buy fuel for my generator to watch movies on my laptop. One morning on my way to buy fuel, I had the opportunity to chat with my neighbor for he was going to buy fuel as well.
We started chatting but before, I continue I have to tell you a few things about my neighbor. He is name is Kingsley and he was the biggest boy in the lodge. He had everything and more than a student needs in his room. He had a big plasma TV, fridge, water dispenser, AC, and a Car.
Prior, to that chat, we had never really talked to each other just greetings here and there, Women were dying to be with him. He was in the final year at the time. I actually misjudged him because I taught his parents had money but that was very far from the case. He went for parties left, right and center. Everybody knew him and he was like the King of the hostel. I remember there was a day, a girl came to his room and refused to go back to the hostel because she felt so comfortable . Simply put, in my eyes he had money.
As we were chatting about irrelevant things, I can't even remember today, I asked him what is he up to today and he said he is wrapping up a website for a company in Senegal and he would be paid today. I then asked him how much are they paying he said $850. At that time, $1 was NGN 160. I was shocked, back then that was big money for a student in year two. It was approx. NGN 136,000. He then told me the website took him 3 months to develop and the total fee he charged was $1750.
It was at that moment, my interest in software development hit hard
I followed him to his room to see the website and it was cool, he showed me his codes and it all looked gibberish in my eyes but I was fascinated. I started to feel like I have been wasting my time all this while. I could have been using this time to make some cool cash. That incident really fired me up. He told me he was using JSP (Java Server Pages) to develop the website and for me to begin, I have to, first of all, learn Java.
You know how when you have your entire life planned out and in a single second you just see all your plans dismantled into nothingness. It was at the moment, I realized I had no plan. I always taught like this. I would finish B.eng in Electrical/Electronic Engineering with first-class honors, do my masters, Ph.D. and work in an oil company . I still laugh to this day thinking about it.
I spoke with Kingsley for the entire day and things started changing.
I would have to pause this story here for now. If you would like me to share more simply indicate and I would share further. I would also like to know your experiences as well. You can share here or create a thread telling us how you picked interest in software development. I would like the webmaster section to be mixed up a bit like how it was in the old days.
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by tuplea: 11:41am On Jun 20|
You've got a nice story here. I'd love to read the rest.
By the way I'm into web development too.
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by bedfordng(m): 1:41pm On Jun 20|
nice. not bad.
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by ELibraryNG: 5:47pm On Jun 20|
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by Abcruz(m): 8:36pm On Jun 20|
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by Emmex45(m): 7:31am On Jun 21|
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by DavidTheGeek: 8:08am On Jun 21|
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by Runningwater(m): 5:58am On Jun 23|
Wow!! Your story is very touching. I'm also a student studying electrical electronic engineering trying to make good use of this covid19 break. I've had interest in programming since 2016 since most of my role model are in tech industries - from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg to Jack Dorsey and the list goes on and on. Waiting in anticipation to read more of your stories.
Thanks for sharing
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by glaber: 2:57pm On Jun 23|
I have been on your online portfolio quite a few times, for inspiration. It's one of my saved pages
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by CuriousX: 4:05pm On Jun 23|
I love your story please continue
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by Etinosa1234: 7:01pm On Jun 23|
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by Runningwater(m): 11:37pm On Jun 23|
glaber:What's his online portfolio address?
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by glaber: 11:56pm On Jun 23|
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by Runningwater(m): 5:21am On Jun 24|
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by clays: 5:37pm On Aug 01|
Will like to use this opportunity to recommend Nicholas Idoko. He and I worked on a project recently and despite we not having any physical contact, he was able to bring the clients expectations to reality within the anticipated deadline. It was good working with him. Kudos.
|Re: Nicholas Idoko: My Experience As A Freelance Software Developer | Part 1 by ProfAmaben: 12:54pm On Aug 02|
Great story man. Programming is a wonderful field but quite difficult. We need a healthy community to help one another.
My story is similar to yours, had a laptop (Toshiba) at 13 but didn't start learning to code till 2014. So glad I finally did cos being a frontend engineer (React) is the best thing ever.
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