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What makes Labs' programmers tick?

January 29, 2019

What makes Labs' programmers tick?

Though some gravitate toward a career in programming later in life, the majority of programmers at Labs clearly began their interest in coding at a very early age.

“I loved video games. I was intrigued to learn how they work and how they’re made,” stated Emir Mehic, a frontend developer at Labs. “I started off with a bit of tinkering here and there. That turned out to be a good foundation for my future studies.”

Kemal Erdem Sen, Senior Net Developer at Labs, started off with his favourite childhood toy, a Commodore 64. “Mostly, I used it to play games. But later on I discovered there was a little book inside the product package about programming with Commodore 64. I wrote my first code at that time. It was an amazing feeling.”

Anton Alekseev, a Python developer at Labs, began programming as a tween. “Computers attracted me, because I can tell then what to do and they have to doing it. It’s a sort of power.” A power, Anton eventually learned, that had many potential career possibilities. “By school graduation, I already knew I would dedicate my life to being a programmer.”

Most young programmers follow a path leading them toward a technical degree. But not all. “A university degree is not necessary in our present day,” stated Dominik Balog, a junior Python developer at Labs, who pointed out the many online learning resources available.

Both Dominik and Labs’ IOS developer Cheuk Man Ng, have toyed with university attendance. But the drive toward independent learning and pursuing exciting programming opportunities outside of a university setting have meant deferring plans to graduate.

“It has been over five years since I have left university,” stated Cheuk Man. “I still think it’s one of the best decision I've made. It’s allowed me to fully focused on what I truly want to do and work out how to pursue my work/life goals.”

For some Labs programmers, like Jon AshtonPhilip Adzanoukpe and David Mills, it was while attending university that they received their first real exposure to programming. “I earned an Economics degree,” stated Jon, “but then found building things was more fun.”

While pursuing science degrees, both Philip and David realized their potential as programmers. “The thought of how much tech can impact the sciences sparked a curiosity in me that I needed satisfied,” stated Philip.

Whether through independent studies, university curriculum, or plain messing around, the common thread for all Labs programmers is a desire to create. “Programming is a way of expressing myself in a form that not many people understand,” explained Anton. “It's an art, a hobby and a lot of thinking about algorithms but that’s why I love it.”

Labs offers plenty of opportunities with those with a creative bent toward programming. Learn more about current openings.