HackerRank recently published the results of its 2018 Developer Skills Report, in which it asked programmers when they started coding.
39,441 professional and student developers completed the online survey from 16 October to 1 November 2016, with over 25% of the developers surveyed writing their first piece of code before they were 16 years old.
How programmers learn
In terms of how programmers learnt to code, self-teaching is the norm for developers of all ages, stated the report.
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