Your First App Ever

Coding is a super power


September 5th, 2022

Do you remember what was your first app ever?

Mine was 14 years ago, and I was 14 years old, it was 2008 when I wrote my first desktop application in VisualBasic.

It was then that I discovered this superpower ... CODING.
So I began to harness this power to solve my everyday problems.

For example, back then I and my brother shared a PC, so imagine 14 years old and 11 years old sharing one PC to play games on! we needed to divide the time to play on the PC fairly, and here comes Timer, this is what I called my first app, a program where you can choose the session duration from 15 minutes to 1 hour, and when it ends, it will be opened on the top of any other opened window -Typically a game- with the message "Get up Mostafa!"

Later on, we discovered that our parents may ask us to do something during a running session, so we needed to pause the session, and that's how the pause button was added.

Along the way, I made other quality of life improvements, like hiding the app from the taskbar when minimized, and only showing a system tray icon.

Following this pattern, I programmed 30+ apps in the span of 3 years.

And this is what sparked my passion for Software Development, which led to working with clients from the USA, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, and impacting people's lives on every continent, not just me and my brother.

What about you? What was your initial spark?

Bonus: Timer on GitHub