Ten years ago, I started giving back on StackOverflow. Today I’m celebrating that I have managed to help over 9.5 Million developers find solutions to their coding issues. That led to a 25,922 reputation and a top 0.37% profile this year. Humbled! 🥳
I studied Electrical Engineering in college and attempted Computer Science exams as well. So, I like to call myself a self-taught developer with an engineering degree for whatever it’s worth.
As someone who picked up programming on his own, I knew firsthand how important it is to give back to the community and help others in a similar situation as I once was. That’s what this is.
I’m delighted to know that over 9.5 Million developers read answers I have written to their questions, and hopefully, a good chunk of them found something useful in there.
There were times when I landed on StackOverflow, read an answer, found it helpful — tried to upvote it, and found out that I was the one who wrote that answer years ago. It’s a humbling feeling. Something that even helps you deal with imposter syndrome. I know it does.
One of the fun incidents I remember through this was when one of my professors from way back then — reached out to tell me that he was stuck in a silly situation with
brew when he found a solution written by me on StackOverflow. He reached out and thanked me. Guess he felt proud. I know I did.
I won’t bore you anymore with my random ramblings here — so let’s end it here at this simple notion as to why I wrote this piece. The software industry is filled with a chaotic mess of a developer experience. Everything and anything can break.
If you figure out something fun, and integration that otherwise wasted an hour or two. Find ways to document it. On StackOverflow or on your blog or what have you. Just do that. Many developers including your future self will thank you for that.
Use your code for good. Peace! ✌️