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You Can’t be a Developer!

You can't be a developer!

Have you been told you can’t be a developer because

  • You’re not good at math
  • You lack a college or university degree
  • You have a degree but not in computer science
  • You’re too old
  • You’re a woman
  • [Add more stupid reasons…]

Have you been given these reasons why you can’t become a developer or a successful developer? Right now, I want you to put all these stupid reasons into a trash can and delete them from your memory.

Here’s my story…

As a child, I used to play a lot of video games. Those games inspired me to become a software engineer. I wanted to learn to program so I could build games for myself exactly the way I wanted. See what a perfectionist I was as a 10-year-old?

My dream led me to study software engineering. However, in Iran, the educational system is rigged; there’s a prohibative test conducted only once a year. I tried in 2000, at a time when 1.5 million students took the test, and there were only placing 150,000 spots in universities. In order for you to study at a good university, you had to be one of the first 1,000 students. With a lower ranking, you couldn’t study at a government-sponsored university. Rather, you had to pay for your education. The lower your ranking, the further away from Tehran you could study, which meant paying for an education in a small town or rural area.

I failed the first time

I was rejected into software engineering the first year I took the test, but I was accepted to study applied mathematics in a small town. Of course, that’s not what I wanted. My passion was to study software engineering. I wanted to become a programmer, not a mathematician. I hated mathematics with a passion, and I still do.

So, I had to wait until the following year to take the test again. I had to study all those high school materials again in preparation for the next test. A year later I took the test and my ranking was 10,000. You may think ranking 10,0000 amongst 1.5M students is pretty good. But in Iran, not really. With that ranking, I couldn’t study software engineering in Tehran. I was sent to study at Azad University, Roodehen Branch, which is in a small town one hour outside of Tehran. To add insult to injury, this was a school that a lot of people used to ridicule.

I cared less about what people thought

My so-called “best friend” used to make fun of me for studying at that university. In Iran, it’s very common for 20-year-old kids to ask each other: “So, what university do you study at?” They really cared less where you studied; they only asked so they could brag about where they studied.

I was asked this question a hundred times and every time I said: Azad University, Roodehen Branch. People used to laugh. I cared less. I followed my passion, my dream, and that was programming and it is still something that I love to do.

My grades were awful

In Iran, our scoring system ranges from 0 to 20 with 10 being the middle point. Everything below 10 is considered a fail. Believe it or not, I graduated with 11. I didn’t even attend most of my classes. Why? More than half of our curriculum where topics that had absolutely zero connection to programming. We had to pass a lot of mathematics, physics, electronics and religious studies. I didn’t care about these subjects.

I used to attend the first class, charm my instructors and ask them if I could just come back at the end and take the test. Those who were open-minded and supportive, allowed me to do so. But there were a few bastards who wanted to feel the power and be in control. They said: “No, Mr. Hamedani, you should attend the classes!” Guess what? I refused to attend so, they failed me.

That’s why it took me two extra years to graduate. Many of these lecturers failed me for not attending the classes. So, I had to take the same subject over and over. I took my engineering math class five times.

My C programmer was a complete bastard

In our first semester, we had basic programming subject with Pascal. I had this classmate who was not good at programming. I helped her with her Pascal project… and no, I didn’t have a crush on her. I was merely helping a friend.

During the second semester, we had the advanced programming subject with C. Guess what? That girl who could not even do a basic Pascal project got 19 out of 20, I got 16 out of 20. Here are a few highlights about my project that was given a 16:

  • I used linked lists (a topic introduced in year three)
  • I wrote a part of the program with assembly (a second year topic)
  • I designed a text-based UI language (you could describe the UI in plain text and the program would dynamically render it)
  • I built a complete GUI library using object-oriented programming concepts

My lecturer gave me a 16 because I delivered the project one day late, yet he disregarded the sophistication of this project that was way beyond what the average student would do. Yes, I agree, delivering late is bad, but anyone who has worked in the software industry for even one month knows that 90% of software projects are not delivered in time.

So, a poorly-written program by a student who did not even do her basic programming project got a 19, and a sophisticated program delivered one day late received a 16. This is what happens when unqualified people are in power and work as teachers. They don’t understand the impact they can make (positive or negative) as teachers.

I expected him to realize the sophistication of what I did and help me grow. Instead, he bashed me by giving me a 16 for my C programming subject. If I showed my transcript to any potential employers, they would think I’m an average C programmer. And at the same time, they would think my classmate (the girl who got a 19) was a good C programmer. What a world.

Where am I now?

I have taught more than a million people around the world how to code or how to become a better coder.

I have published 20 online courses on different platforms, many of them have been best-selling courses.

My YouTube channel has been watched 9M times over the past four years.

Some of my videos have been watched more than 1M times. Here are a couple of examples:

Most of my YouTube tutorials rank #1. Search “Node tutorial, React tutorial, ASP.NET MVC tutorial, C# events” and see for yourself.

My Pluralsight course, Become a Full-stack .NET Developer, is a 5-star course and ranked #1 when it was published. It was my first Pluralsight course and I was competing amongst 5,000 courses created by industry experts. I never thought I’d even be one of the top 10. I was #1.

Every day I get at least 20 messages from people who have watched my courses, telling me how I helped them transformed their lives.

“I’ve actually landed my first job as a Junior software developer. I owe a lot of it to you because your courses have been EXTREMELY helpful. This has really changed my life from working as a security guard and doing websites for free, now I am a professional” -Danish Jafri

“Mosh, let me tell you I have been winning the code competitions here in India and excelling in my work and it gives me a great proud to say that you are my teacher. I have purchased every course you have uploaded till now and looking forward to learn everyday with you. Cheers!” -Karan Valecha

And the list goes on…

And that “so-called” best-friend of mine? Last time I heard from him, I found out he was driving a taxi. He was so proud that he was studying physics at a top university, and all his university and degree helped him achieve was driving a taxi.

What you should learn from this story

I didn’t tell you all this to show off. Those who know me personally know that I am very humble and grounded. I told you all this, to teach you one thing: Your grades, the university you study at, or whether you even go to a university or not, people’s opinion of you, mean absolutely nothing. You make your own future.

People find things in you to put you down so they feel better about themselves. Sometimes (vare rarely, to be honest) I get nasty comments on my YouTube channel from a bunch of stupid losers. Do I respond? Never. Do I let these comments stop me from doing what I’m doing? Never.

Don’t let the haters and losers’ opinion of you change your future. Their opinion only matters to them.

Pursue your dreams, your passions. You want to be a developer or a senior developer? Pursue that!

Don’t give a damn about what others think or say.

What’s your story? Share your comments below!

Hi! My name is Mosh Hamedani. I’m a software engineer with two decades of experience and I’ve taught over three million people how to code or how to become professional software engineers through my YouTube channel and online courses. It’s my mission to make software engineering accessible to everyone.
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102 responses to “You Can’t be a Developer!”

  1. Calvin Wilkinson says:

    Fantastic! I agree with you 100%!! I am a self taught programmer and now I work for a reputable consultant company that is a Microsoft gold partner. I love what I do and I make good money doing it. I also started with game dev and still am working on it. Don’t give up!!

  2. Waleed kh says:

    Great!!! I have the same story! when i’am 11 years old , i have a dream , i want to become a software Eng ..
    i want PC but my family not have a money! OK no problem i will going to my friend who have PC ..
    in 14 years old I get my first job !! in Computer maintenance center , after one year .. I become a supervisor in IT section at popular web site (in Middle East) ..
    In 2013 studying (Software Engineering ) and same Your store .. I hate mathematics , i want learning Programming ..
    My ranges is very bad .. my friend say “Loser” My family say “your choice with Software engineering is bad”
    all students just saving the words in paper and go to the Exam!! i hate this way..
    In my Graduation Project Most of students Paying projects and get Full Marks!!! what!! I’m working 4 months for my project and I’m not get full marks!! But my Favorite Dr Told me ” you are the best , go a head and don’t looking to other people”..
    Now i’m searching for job in software world ..
    I will continue in my dream ..
    i don’t care who say ” , you are loser! , cause you are without job”..
    but I have a dream ..
    and i wish to become like you 🙂

  3. Raj says:

    Cool..! You really inspired me.

  4. Kumar Gaurav says:

    I was searching for a clap button (like in Medium.com) at the end … xD

  5. ASIF says:

    Very Amazing story Sir Mosh i was not expected these things..To see your talent i was expecting, perhaps you were studied in good universities like(Harvard University). Your story inspired me a lot . one thing we have common is “hate from math” now i realized you can be good software engineer without being so clever in math. You are my inspiration. A lot of love from Pakistan.

  6. Shiv Om Pal says:

    Mosh, You become what you wanted…and because of your passion in programming now you are helping millions of software engineers, students around the world. Your work is excellent.

  7. Vahid says:

    I am a graduate student in software engineering, and I really did not know what programming was until i found website : programmingwithmosh.com
    I recently hired at a small company as a developer and almost everything I know in programming I owe to you and your tutorials.
    thanks Sir Hamedani
    a lot of love from Iran.

  8. Mosh, Your story is very much similar to mine!! Wish i become like you one day 🙂

    I would like to know what That Girl who scored 19 is doing now ? 😛

  9. Golamrabbi Azad says:

    Truly, Inspiration story of Truth. Hats off! Those people who are passionate about their dream & do hard work, this story enough to explain. Mosh, why I love your course you know? Because, I find something unique, neat and clean, direct connecting, way of teaching, well way to present thing and more. That never find from others instructor. Currently, I’m doing your **JavaScript Basics for Beginners**
    course ❤️. Love from Bangladesh 🇧🇩

  10. Aamhed says:

    Mosh, I was in the same situation as you; I got in a below par private university for Software Engineering and the course content was like 10,000 years old. Even with that course content, the main focus was on theory and students who were good at “memorizing” scored better grades than me, even though they couldn’t implement a simple hello world. I tried talking to the faculty about this all the students and teachers went on a all-out-war against me (Probably because the teachers knew the old course content by heart and they could not be bothered to learn and teach the new stuff). So I went on the internet to find new technologies to learn, once I did that, it was a shock to me. I found out that the course I was being taught was way more behind than I actually thought it was. At this point I was basically wasting money on university just to fulfill a formality. Then I found you and your courses, I’ve spent more time on your courses than I do in my classes. You’ve helped changed my life. Now I work as a Junior .NET Developer in a leading firm and I’m still in the last year of my bachelors. Thank you Mosh, thank you for changing my life and the life of many others. You are hero 🙂

  11. aindriu80 says:

    wow, what a really inspiring story Mosh! It sounds like you had a tough time getting where you wanted to go in Iran, but reading your story I can share similar experiences at college. Your courses are most appreciated, all cutting edge and practical, so many courses out there don’t explain anything. Always follow the dream !

  12. gabobigale says:

    Can we have Become a Full-stack .NET Developer course? on your web page as all access subscrption… could be a great deal as someone pay all access

  13. John says:

    I love your courses

  14. Christina says:

    Congratulations Mosh! Thank you for spreading the knowledge and sharing your story. I can relate to some of the incidents in your story. I am a recent follower and I enjoy your videos. They’ve been helpful in my journey to learn to code.

  15. Beth says:

    Hey Mosh — the English phrase you are trying to use above is “Could not care less”….it means that one cares so very little already, that it is not possible for them to care any less than they do. 🙂 This particular phrase is used incorrectly a lot. You have taught me soooo many things — I thought I’d take the opportunity(in good spirit, of course) to give you something back. We all have something to teach each other, right? Anyway — thanks for your time and energy in making me a better programmer and for your much appreciated words of encouragement!

  16. Congratulations Mosh! Thank you for deleting these types of thought from New developer mind 🙂

  17. such an inspiring story

  18. Joy Kumar Bera says:

    Mosh what a great story.You inspired me a lot . Thanks man. I want to be a game developers in future…..

  19. Ali Kh says:

    HI Mosh .
    i’m from Iran and when i read your story that feels someone wrote’S exactly mine … exactly the same …
    for last 3 years everything i programmed or managed in software engineering and coding or blah blah … learned from you and your courses . i live in Iran and I got a credit card with misfortune and got your courses in udemy … most of them … i got my first job right after watch your c# tutorial and asp.net mvc 5 course
    I am very grateful to you for the lessons you have given me this way … thanks Dear Mosh
    ممنونم

  20. Firoz Khan says:

    Cool..! Really inspiring…

  21. kapil says:

    Amazing

  22. Rod Homor says:

    Thanks, Mosh. Inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

    What I most enjoy about your class is that you sound like you are very happy to be sharing your knowledge with us. It is almost as if a warm smile on your face can be sensed and felt by the student / listener of your content.

    Thank you for making learning NODE.js fun!

  23. Hector says:

    Great stoy, love your courses! Keep up the good wok!

  24. Olaiya Segun says:

    You have been very helpful to my career. Thanks for your good Work.

  25. Amir says:

    Really I’m impressed to your story and hopefully everyone would have your passion and ambitious to accomplish his dream,and I’m quite one of them.

  26. Filipe says:

    Holy crap Mosh, here in Brazil is word for word the same thing with the universities.

    I can also empathize with your story as a student, people would ridicule me for my ranking on the admission test or my grades, yet today I work at a Fortune 50 company and they can’t either find a job, or get employed by any decent company with a decent career ahead.

    Thanks a lot for sharing, and for those in the same boat, don’t give up and continue studying, you’ll beat the threshold someday and you’ll leave all those nasty people behind.

  27. Alex Mateo says:

    Really inspiring… Keep up the good work

  28. Michael T says:

    Career change at 46? All that became possible with your lessons! Thank you Mosh you are #1.

  29. Kevin says:

    Thanks for both the inspiration and the entertaining style of presentation. Your courses are among the best available, and “My C Programmer was a complete bastard” is the BEST paragraph heading I have ever read! 🙂

  30. Akash says:

    Great Mosh. I am big fan of you and learning every day from your courses. You have simplified learning process. Big hats off to you.

  31. PRATHAMESH MHATRE says:

    Great Inspiration to me Sir. Thanks for your good work.Hope to meet you and learn more from you some day.

  32. Berton Lutina Mulamba says:

    Mosh you are the best. Thanks to you I’m learning a lot. Your story is mentally and physically usefull thanks u.

  33. Terry says:

    I’ve got several of your courses mosh – you and a handful of others manage to make these subjects engaging and that’s essential for me in learning. I know where I want to be and eventually I’ll get there. Haters will hate. Keep up the awesome work and aim for the stars.

  34. There should be a like or clap or even love button, that’s very inspirational story thank you for sharing Mosh

  35. Nami says:

    Thanks Mosh for sharing your story. I’ve started coding at age 36 when people discourage me saying “What’s the point?” Your story truly inspires and motivates me to stay strong and believe in what I can do. Thank you!

  36. Olcayto says:

    i started to learn programming at april 2017 and i am 29 years old now. I am still a junior software developer and i will never give up to be a senior developer. its never too late for me. This is just my time. Some People in my ages could be senior developer or administrator. it doesn’t matter for me and don’t interest me. Thanks Mosh for your teaching. Have a good programming everyone.

  37. Austin Lambright says:

    truly inspiring!

  38. imhere says:

    This is so relatable, i have felt the same along my life albeit not as bad as you got it in iran, but you’re so successful now, and your lectures really helped me kick start my career, i’m grateful you shared this story as it’s very motivating, also thank you for your lectures mosh.

  39. Change the Roodehen to Najafabad, I have same story as you. I know working as senior developer in Sydney and worked for a lot of well known companies as contractor. Well done Mosh, your training courses are awesome and I feel your honestly and supportive attitude in your courses. Keep going mate!

  40. Lee Marrette says:

    Mosh – I’m a big fan of your courses – they have been a huge help to me. I graduated in the mid-70’s before personal computers were common place. My school didn’t have a computer science degree – the business department taught a Fortean course and the math department taught a COBOL course. I got a degree in accounting and, when personal computers became available, began programming as a hobby. I was eventually able to move into computer jobs and most of the computer jobs I got were due in large part to my accounting background.

    Thanks for the teaching you provide. Your courses allow people to become programmers with a better foundation than a computer science degree.

  41. Hey Mosh, you always have been an inspiration to me, I took all your courses on c# on Udemy and by far they are the best ones from all the courses available, you really have a passion for helping and teaching, it shows in your teaching videos that you put your heart and soul into it, I wish you great success in life and I will be for sure be your student for life, looking forward to more videos!

  42. Thanks Mosh for your story. It’s inspired me a lot. I’m a programmer but I would like to jump and to improve mi way of programming. Your courses are very helpfull and your story is a great story. Thank for all

  43. Santosh Singh says:

    Great and Inspiring story Mosh!
    I must say you are not only a good programmer but a good teacher who is inspiring the world.
    Thanks a lot for enlightenment 🙂

  44. mahdi says:

    so why didn’t you pursue the game development path ? did you become more interested in web more ?

  45. Ryan says:

    I empathize with your story. Though growing up, I had a slightly different problem. I had the interest but not the motivation, mostly because my school nipped that in the bud. Had way too many adults say, “You better buckle down for 4 years and learn C if you want to do anything” or “you need to learn algorithms”. In fact, until my early 20s I didn’t even bother because school had me thinking I was inadequate.

    It wasn’t until I saw someone (a self taught developer) creating a chat app in C# did I find inspiration. It seems silly now but I was fascinated by how regex could be leveraged to provide powerful text filtering options. At the time, these options either didn’t exist or weren’t as powerful. Also, no other app of its kind was written in C#.

    After that, I learned from resources like MSDN and Channel 9. I picked up programming books and read them cover to cover. I dabbled in frameworks like WPF and MVC 5. I’ve (regretfully) had too many financial and personal setbacks, though your videos have been an immense help in covering the gaps in my education.
    Thank you!

  46. Amir says:

    What you have shared with us makes total sense to me. I remember exactly those competitions and the jokes people made about those schools. My sister studied in one of them and for a while she was insecure to mention the place she studies … :-s But interestingly she is pretty successful in her career.

  47. Matt says:

    Hey Mosh, fantastic story. Recently took your ASP.NET Core and Angular course and it was very helpful. I also started coding when I was a kid on a TI computer. I checked out books from the library and keyed in text based games. Eventually I learned Pascal, and C/C++ on my own in high school. Do you have any recommended courses or books on design patterns? This is one area I get frustrated as having worked for various companies, what is considered “good code” varies from on company to another.

  48. Usiju Ijairi says:

    You’re an inspiration Sir…

  49. Robert Wiley says:

    In high school, I did great in my first C programming class but struggled in the advanced C course. This was in the day when it was rare to have a home computer because they were new and expensive. I spent hours every day before and after school trying to understand advanced C programming. My instructor was impatient and told me I would never be a programmer but I persisted barely passing his class. That was the last computer course I took for years though because I had no confidence in myself with computers although they intrigued me and I loved the success of getting just simple programs working. I got a degree in finance but hated finance so went back to school and tackled some computer courses and boosted my confidence. I took the advanced C programming course in college 4 times before I finally understood the concepts. I always passed but I wanted to understand it. That was all it took. I got a job in information technology and kept going to school and earned another degree in software development. I have a great career I love. I learn from so many and help others. My success is all about persistence. Don’t give up! The struggle was worth it.

  50. great story for great developer 🙂

  51. apis says:

    Great history sometimes this kinds happen, one teacher didn’t review my exam about programing it was only written her think that I do a very bad exam, because I use something that she doesn’t know that exists I complained but she didn’t review my exam, so I have to present in the second opportunity, the next exams a similar history, one friend doesn’t like programing I helped him to the projects in code, and most of the times he got a higher result. Now my friend is outside systems, and I enjoy still developing , you are a great teacher

  52. Jhonatan says:

    Man I really love all of the work you have done, you have not only taught me so much about programming, but your courses have made me like studying since they are so practical e straight to the point, I hope you continue doing this and giving us the Awesome content you already been given us!

  53. Well done Mosh. My story is very similar to yours. Have a nice day.

  54. Great story Mosh!
    Do you live in Tehran?
    Where did you get such a good English pronunciation?
    Good luck and hope to see your new achievements!

  55. lvlessi says:

    When i first watched you course. I was wondering how can an Australian have such a clear accent pronunciation !!! i got to know now that you’re from IRAN !

  56. Puneet says:

    Man!! You story is so relatable to me as an Indian. I hate the learning culture that we have in India. Its more about your status than passion. Anyways, good for you! Cheers!

  57. Marian Pekár says:

    I never went to college, but I wanted to became a full-time developer, so I took your C# sharp course for beginners on Udemy in August 2017 and since then I’ve been learning hard almost every single day.
    I finished couple of courses, read a lot of articles and most importantly – written countless lines of code. This month, almost exactly a year after I discovered your Udemy courses, I got what I wanted, a job as a Junior Software Developer.
    And I still continue with everyday learning which becomes a habit, but my starting point was that c# course for beginners I mentioned above. Thank you for that, Mosh, it literally changed my life.

  58. Petr Tošovský says:

    I am Electrical Engineer but I was always interested in programming. I remember how I studied Pascal from some university materials (year 1995, so not much internet these days) during the summer holidays. The teachers at the elementary school (I was 12) were shocked by the PC drawing random rectangles and playing random sounds from PC speaker. A little bit later I took care about school server a few times and many computers in our small town. Electronics (hardware, firmware, FPGAs) caught my attention more later on but now I am trying to get back to the software side. Using Mosh’s courses, presentations from Uncle Bob, Stack Overflow etc., I am trying to catch up the huge amount of things which happened since the 90s in the software world. I was able to deliver a couple utilities already and a bridge between two business systems. Both are a mess respective to the clean code Mosh is able to produce but now I understand the perfection is coming with the practice. I must admit that all the new tools and APIs are usually pleasure to use. Thanks to Mosh I am ReSharper user. We are living in an amazing period.

    Thank you Mosh for sharing the story and for all the courses. They are so well done, that everything looks so easy that it encourages to continue. I wish it would be the same way with my projects but lack of experience cause I struggle. I follow you on Youtube, on Udemy and I am now going through your Pluralsight courses. Beside a programming you have the great gift to teach. If I could give something back please let me know.

    PS: I don’t like there is no lifetime access on Pluralsight platform for courses I done. Please do not publish more courses there.

  59. Amin saffar says:

    Hi dear moshfegh,
    It was interesting memories.
    Your training courses are amazing.
    Thanks

  60. Great story. Do you still live in Iran ?

  61. Hasan says:

    Your story is truly inspirational. Love your courses and wish you all the success in future. I know you were trying to show the extent of your frustration, but I would say, calling your teachers “bastard” is kind of cringe worthy, but anyways, thats just my opinion.

    Wish you all the best.

  62. Thank you for sharing your story, it was very inspirational.
    I am very sorry that by title of this post you are discouraged… after go through the complete story I realized this story not to discourage … its for encourage many people like me …

  63. Jennifer says:

    I received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from an expensive 4 Year Liberal Arts College. Fine Arts got me nowhere. I have a passion for art and computers, so with my second college endeavor, I chose to major in Web Design at a less expensive college. The job market was saturated with web designers. Someone always had more experience than I. The third time I went back to school was with a Coding Boot Camp. The week prior to learning C#, I locked myself in my house and for 48 hours, learning C# from a tutorial I found online, so I would be prepared for the next week. I soaked everything up like a sponge.

    I graduated from my Boot Camp with a glowing recommendation from my Instructor and now hold a position as a Systems Analyst/Developer for a company in Kentucky.

    I didn’t learn about your Udemy Courses, Mosh, until I started working for my company. They paid for more training and when I reviewed some of the C# courses on Udemy, your course, had the highest rating, so naturally, I chose it. I love how easy you make learning! Thank you!

  64. Rakesh says:

    I am glad to share my feeling , i am so happy that I am learning something from such a motivated person.

  65. Your story resembles mine. From being inspired by video games as a kid and to being thrust into a Liberal Arts – Mathematics program by an incompetent UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) College Adviser because I was a prospect telling him which program was available that I wanted to apply to. Then to ad insult to injury, after then acknowledging their fault 2 weeks into my first semester, the University then forced me to follow guidelines to obtain an college transfer. It took 3 wasted years to fulfill the criteria to which I was still not granted access into the Engineering College. I had to switch institutions and fulfill my life’s passion at NEIU (Northeastern Illinois University).

    Cheers to Journey cause it has brought us this far!!!

  66. Shaun says:

    Great stuff! Your list of stupid reasons is really on point. I was completely turned off to programming by a terrible high school class teaching BASIC in 2003 as our introduction to programming, plus the old saw about having to be a sort of math god to program. I’ve learned almost everything about development from your instruction and, while I still have a ton more to learn, mathematics has not been even remotely critical. I’m not doing calculus, I’m just writing some code to take some words from one place and put them somewhere else. In fact, numbers are rarely used in C# code, and certainly nobody has to do actual arithmetic.

    About the only obstacle to being a developer is the starting point. Every time I turn around there’s some hot new language I have to learn, but I haven’t even completed the last project. Worse, most instruction depends on you starting fresh, while development jobs at least in my area always involve you working with existing code, or some architecture that nobody online seems to talk about. I’ve got a webforms site that has to connect with 4 different Oracle databases (one for each campus in our University system). Good luck on that one, almost all instruction and help is about a single database. MVC is even harder, as it doesn’t seem like anyone connects to Oracle with it and, again, if they do, it’s to a single campus rather than switching depending on which campus a user belongs to.

  67. Senguttuvan says:

    The content and the message is really good.. I’m a Mechanical engineer by education but a software developer by passion. I have developed several desktop, android, iOS applications..

    The only thing “OFF” in your story is that, in first paragraph “so-called” friend is a “SHE” and in second part, “HE” drives a taxi.. Change it before some one notices.. Repeating again, the message is sound and clear..

  68. I got 4 out of 5 reasons you mentioned, only difference is, instead of other people I told myself. LOL

  69. A Hooshmand says:

    Hi Moshfegh Jan,

    As I’m Persian like you, I really have surprised about your English accent, dude I thought you’ve grew up in USA ( or Australia), I just can say WOW, you’re my role model in life and my career, I’m from Shiraz and living in Orange county (I heard you’d moved to LA recently), God bless you for your amazing courses and merci GOLAM!

  70. Alex says:

    I gotta say, you sounded very petty! You SAY to you don’t give a damn, but you’re obviously hurt.

  71. Amar says:

    Hi, Mosh, It is my humble request to please recreate angular latest course

  72. Navid Yazdi says:

    I’m proud of you, my story is something like this, I’m in the middle of my way. pray for my success moshfegh!
    by the way, sorry that I download your videos from Iranian sources you know, I can’t pay for them, I know you understand this.

  73. pouya says:

    dastane daneshgah raftane shoma ham mesle daneshgah raftane man bod ba dorose bi rabte ejbari eslami .
    omidvaram hamishe movfag va labeton khandon bashe ba harfaron behem enrgi dadin mamnonam az shoma

  74. Great story! Movaffaq bashid… 😉

  75. insp says:

    Hello Mr. Mosh, One thing i love most about your story, is the fact that you didn’t give room for distraction and you were focus…. I hope one day, I will be what i wanted to be.

  76. zohaibahmedpk says:

    Great! You are my mentor!

  77. tatshahdoost says:

    Well Mosh, Not exactly but similarly same story here with me. You did inspired me alot thanks man. 🙂
    Mohammad From IRAN.

  78. Glenn Pavel says:

    Nice story

  79. Marah Eissa says:

    Thank you for sharing your story
    I am married and I feel this could be prevent me from complete my journey but I won’t stop learning

    Mr Moshfegh I have a question
    please reply to me

    I know C++, Java, C#, HTML, CSS, SQL
    some javascript
    and I am learing ASP.net MVC Now ( your course)
    what should I learn next ?
    I will be glad if you suggest me your courses on Udemy or another?

    thanks in advanced.

  80. Pemidi says:

    Mosh, I read your article and it was very helpful for me. thanks, bro!

  81. Neshat Ademi says:

    A great Story, kind of my Story, but the difference is I didn’t make it so far as you!

    I must admit, you are a great teacher, I bought almost all of your Courses, I saw half of them, learned a lot, but this what I will say, I sent you as a message and I didn’t get the Answer is that In some courses Like Node.js, OOP JavaScript, it looks like you were in a Rush, I don’t know why, maybe It looks just to me like that.

    Anyway, thank you very much for this great Post and great courses! I hope we will see you soon at new Courses or new Videos.

    Best regards,
    Ademi

  82. MohammadSaleh says:

    i cant believe you are iranian. you are great , we proud someone like you from this Backward country and this much successful.You are my pattern
    by the way i’m from hamedan too 🙂
    thank you so much for your courses ,I have not seen any such great training.
    good luck.

  83. Israil Karud says:

    high-quality thoughts and pure motivation. I really appreciate your contribution towards people who wants to learn to program. May Allah bless you with more success and a happy life.

  84. shivam mishra says:

    Hi mosh! Really very nice story… I m impressed with what you have gone through in your life and salute to your never give up approach. I also want to request to make more videos on ionic 4 and above versions and Angular..

  85. Lado Saha says:

    Funny and inspirational thankyou

  86. nazmul hassan says:

    you just inspired me. Same thing happened to me. I couldn’t arrange a job first five years just because I haven’t had 2.1 in my graduation where my team mates copied my project and achieved 2.1 because their course work much better than me. Because they have done it by someone else. Thank you Mosh. I have taken a lot of video tutorials but yours one stand out from others. Thank you so much for your easy way to explaining every bits and bolts of programming. I am your great fan.

  87. hamid says:

    great job.

  88. mahesh says:

    Mosh you are great inspiration for us. Thank you

  89. Fardin Shahriar says:

    Hi Mosh, here is my story. Consider to check this out.

    “Why I’ve decided to leave the traditional education system to be a self-taught CS expert.” by Fardin Shahriar

    https://link.medium.com/vD9QmOuWkY

  90. Thank you sir. You are wizard of programming😊

    But one thing, I can’t believe you are a Iranian😀

    By the way, love you sir😍😘

  91. Chandresh Solanki says:

    Very inspiring.. Great work Mosh!!

  92. AMJAD SAEED says:

    sir your story is completely same as my story.

  93. arabianhorse says:

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring story. This is giving me and many a push to continue their passion.

  94. Adam Whiteson says:

    I believe that I can teach anyone who is smart enough to program, and bring him to a strong competence in algebra and a useful knowledge of calculus. It takes work, it doesn’t have to be painful. In every case where a bright student has made a serious effort to understand math and failed, I blame the instructor – completely.

    As a mathematician who has taught math at college, I tear my hair out at how badly this subject is taught. Many of the teachers who deliver the lessons don’t really understand the subject, they know the rules mechanically. And the textbooks are like deaf people writing about music. It need not be that hard. It need not be that painful and forcing CS students through calculus is an exercise in sadism. There are other mathematical topics that would be much more useful. And this perpetuates itself. One generation of bad instruction breeds another. When I needed a programmer for scientific work, I would look specifically for someone with a math background since that’s not to be expected from CS students in general – no matter how much calculus was forced down their throats, they’ve gladly forgotten it by the time they graduate. All that remains is a bad taste.

  95. tsultrim sangpo says:

    Thank you Mosh for sharing your story, very inspiring, i have started your tutorial officially from last year and its superb, very easy to understand.

  96. sara says:

    I listened your python course on youtube and I become interested to know who is teaching that grate course and also you are from the country that I am. I find this page. I study IT in the university in Iran. After years from education I decided to start programming and I choose python. but I am not as passionate as you and also I don’t know in which field I am passionate. to be honest I don’t hate programming and I am working on some text mining task using python. but when I see your such passionate and also experience I though that if it is a good choice for me? I am slow in programming and a person told me that I am not good at programming and I should find another job. it is too good that you know in which field you are passionate and follow it.

  97. Katu says:

    Thanks for the python tutorial for beginners. Appreciate your efforts!

  98. Bhanu says:

    I’m undergraduate, that too whatever I studied in school is not computer related. But proudly I can say that I learned UI development and survived in IT industry as ui developer around 8 years. Last year I got health issues and left job. After good enough break when I am trying to go for a job, I am facing difficulty, because so many reasons.. this article is really inspiring me Mosh. Thank you so much.

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