I am a web-developer living in NYC
Self-taught and self-motivated, I bought an O'Reilly book on PHP 4 years ago, and dove in.
In High School I worked in MATLAB, creating a gui to manipulate phasors. From there I coded a full suite of statistical operations into my TI-86. I took a hiatus from coding during University; but got the bug again after graduating.
My first project in PHP was a PayPal integrated eCommerce site. I couldn't get the hang of SQL syntax, and so everything was written as serialized arrays to hard files on the server!
Lately I've been having fun using SCSS and diving into PHPUnit and Unit Testing more broadly at 1stdibs.com.