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  1. In Topic: Am I too old to start programming?

    Posted 11 Aug 2014

    I sincerely hope not. I'm 46 and just started messing around with web development earlier this year. I've been to many schools, done everything from build fast cars from the ground up to be the "go-to" mechanic at a fast paced food industry job. My job is so in demand now I could quit my job and walk into a dozen companies and name my price. There are simply NO skilled mechanics anymore. I'm a certified welder/fitter, licensed refrigeration specialist, I could fix anything blindfolded. My boss tells I'm I'm a modern day Mcguyver. So what. Its horrible, brutal work. Bitch when your A/C quits and it gets to 80 degrees in your office? A cool day at my job is 100-110 degrees. If its 90 outside its anywhere from 130 to 150 degrees. My body is breaking down from all this abuse and I needed a change. I actually googled what career change would be best for me. Strangely Web Development came up. After messing around with it for a few months i really see why. My personality is to always be learning something, to try and fix problems the most efficient way. Last month I found a site that taught Javascript the "right" way, it was over so I just followed along. The one project was an interactive quiz. Man was that hard, but i ended up doing it in both Javascript and JQuery. If you compare my code to the other who took the code it would make you chuckle. Alot of them chose to show off, make their code like Chinese algebra. Me? I did it in alot less code, plus it actually looks cool and rewards you with a funny GIF if you get the questions right and busts your chops if you mess up.
    So what is always rambling about? With the many things I've done in my life, this is BY FAR the most difficult. And I'm having to do it on my own, with no "school". However everyday is a new challenge, and its fun. I have alot different goals than most here. I'm just hoping to pick up some part time contract work in the future. No matter what it is, your never too old. If i could do this stuff for 12 hours a day I'd do it.
  2. In Topic: Starting out- Where do I go from here?

    Posted 7 Aug 2014

    Ah I see, Good analogy.
  3. In Topic: Starting out- Where do I go from here?

    Posted 7 Aug 2014

    Thanks. Reading through your reply gave me some decent ideas. The thing is this line of work has so many different avenues to go down its mind boggling. I'm not gonna get frustrated, in fact its one good thing about us old coots. We are darn stubborn.
  4. In Topic: My mind is blown

    Posted 21 Jun 2013

    View PostDarenR, on 21 June 2013 - 04:52 AM, said:

    I was in sales for most of my life and at 35 I decided to go back to college and get my bach in software engineering.

    greatest move ever

    after your get some projects in and prove yourself to the "working" community aka real job.. programming will not only help pay the bills -- it will save on your back and hands since you are a mechanic.

    It may seem hard at first but stick with it...

    also just remeber 2 very important things:

    1. you will NEVER know everything about a language
    2. google is your friend


    Thank you, thank you, thank you.....right now I'm wondering if I should try and master one language, or keep my present course of hitting them all lightly. Thing is there are so many different jobs out there I honestly don't know where to start. I may just concentrate on HMTL/CSS/Jquery/JS and build some websites while learning other things like Python and Ruby on the side. We will see. Already having fun lurking on the site

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