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At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:51pm On Apr 25, 2020
I honestly want to switch to programming as in carrier change, considering that I am 40, can I still make it giving every input I put in.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by beatific: 11:59pm On Apr 25, 2020
yes you can

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by tensazangetsu20(m): 12:05am On Apr 26, 2020
Yes you can.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Lorazepam(f): 12:09am On Apr 26, 2020
Yeah sure you can.

One only stops learning when one is dead

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Nobody: 12:13am On Apr 26, 2020
Yes you can. Never let anything stop you.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Nobody: 1:11am On Apr 26, 2020
I ve taken the most unconventional approach to learning programming.
Being unserious in secondary school, it affected my progress in 2018.
You need to settle any problem you have with math if you dont want any issues. Google pdfdrive.com and download in this order developmental math for college students, college algebra and trigonometry, linear algebra, classical geometry, calculus, advanced calculus, vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations. If you want to avoid begging to build websites on nairaland, avoid web development, android or any shiny applications until you're theoretically grounded.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by iLearner: 1:14am On Apr 26, 2020
GrantCashel:
I ve taken the most unconventional approach to learning programming.
Being unserious in secondary school, it affected my progress in 2018.
You need to settle any problem you have with math if you dont want any issues. Google pdfdrive.com and download in this order developmental math for college students, college algebra and trigonometry, linear algebra, classical geometry, calculus, advanced calculus, vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations. If you want to avoid begging to build websites on nairaland, avoid web development, android or any shiny applications until you're theoretically grounded.

Why are you asking him to avoid web development?

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Nobody: 3:30am On Apr 26, 2020
iLearner:


Why are you asking him to avoid web development?
I started out with php and java.
It's was nice then showing off your latest android app(with help from stack overflow) and feeling like the next zuckerberg by building an fb clone.
Every guy in my lodge(at uni) knew laravel, but you'd search the whole campus to find someone who could implement a crude version of PageRank.
Of course you know it takes a great deal of theoretical cs to architect high performing software, and thats where the money is.
For me, getting into web dev without knowing the underlying theory would be a waste of your time......at least it was for me.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by iLearner: 3:57am On Apr 26, 2020
GrantCashel:

I started out with php and java.
It's was nice then showing off your latest android app(with help from stack overflow) and feeling like the next zuckerberg by building an fb clone.
Every guy in my lodge(at uni) knew laravel, but you'd search the whole campus to find someone who could implement a crude version of PageRank.
Of course you know it takes a great deal of theoretical cs to architect high performing software, and thats where the money is.
For me, getting into web dev without knowing the underlying theory would be a waste of your time......at least it was for me.

So what you mean in essence is not about him avoiding web development but knowing exactly where to start from?

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Anonime1105(m): 5:05am On Apr 26, 2020
GrantCashel:
I ve taken the most unconventional approach to learning programming.
Being unserious in secondary school, it affected my progress in 2018.
You need to settle any problem you have with math if you dont want any issues. Google pdfdrive.com and download in this order developmental math for college students, college algebra and trigonometry, linear algebra, classical geometry, calculus, advanced calculus, vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations. If you want to avoid begging to build websites on nairaland, avoid web development, android or any shiny applications until you're theoretically grounded.

I get your point but
You should understand that not every programmer wants to build the next world class Operating system or develop a new Programming language, game etc

@OP yes you can, but you need dedication and consistency.
The reason you want to learn programming should be your motivating factor, it would guild you on the language to start with

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Benjaniblinks(m): 8:34am On Apr 26, 2020
GrantCashel:

I started out with php and java.
It's was nice then showing off your latest android app(with help from stack overflow) and feeling like the next zuckerberg by building an fb clone.
Every guy in my lodge(at uni) knew laravel, but you'd search the whole campus to find someone who could implement a crude version of PageRank.
Of course you know it takes a great deal of theoretical cs to architect high performing software, and thats where the money is.
For me, getting into web dev without knowing the underlying theory would be a waste of your time......at least it was for me.

Remember what didn't work for you might work for others....

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by gbolly1151(m): 8:40am On Apr 26, 2020
romeo411:
I honestly want to switch to programming as in carrier change, considering that I am 40, can I still make it giving every input I put in.

Age is not a barrier and anything is possible

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by WebMind: 10:50am On Apr 26, 2020
You can. it is purely a matter of your determination and focus.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by bet9ja(m): 11:16am On Apr 26, 2020
My candid advice, first determine your aspired carrier, Ask yourself if you want to be a Front-end developer, Back-end developer, Full- stack Engr, Mobile app developer and so on. Your decision will assist you to follow the right path and also choose the right technology to learn.


Who I am.

Full Stack Engineer with over 4 years experience practicing in South Africa.
www.olumide.co.za

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Nobody: 11:32am On Apr 26, 2020
iLearner:


So what you mean in essence is not about him avoiding web development but knowing exactly where to start from?
Yes

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Nobody: 11:43am On Apr 26, 2020
Anonime1105:


I get your point but
You should understand that not every programmer wants to build the next world class Operating system or develop a new Programming language, game etc

@OP yes you can, but you need dedication and consistency.
The reason you want to learn programming should be your motivating factor, it would guild you on the language to start with
When i started i just wanted to build a blog, and be like linda ikeji.....the more you learn the more ambitious you become.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Anonime1105(m): 12:32pm On Apr 26, 2020
GrantCashel:

When i started i just wanted to build a blog, and be like linda ikeji.....the more you learn the more ambitious you become.

True but you telling him about complex mathematics would make it seem like programming is for only genius and that would get him discouraged

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Nobody: 12:43pm On Apr 26, 2020
Anonime1105:


True but you telling him about complex mathematics would make it seem like programming is for only genius and that would get him discouraged
Lol. In hindsight, i wish i learned the math first....lists in python, nested loops and 3d arrays in C, recursion took like forever to understand, even when i thought i did, i couldnt harness its true power.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by pavanbaddi911(m): 1:14pm On Apr 26, 2020
romeo411:
I honestly want to switch to programming as in carrier change, considering that I am 40, can I still make it giving every input I put in.
I understand but it is risk you have to takes. You make a plan were in part-time you learn programming and once you develop confidence you can go further below and some useful website which will help you to get started.

[W3Schools][https://www.w3schools.com/]
[The Code Learners introduction to python][http://thecodelearners.com/python-introduction/]
[Tutorials Point python][https://www.tutorialspoint.com/python/index.htm]

Have a nice day.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Anonime1105(m): 5:46pm On Apr 26, 2020
GrantCashel:

Lol. In hindsight, i wish i learned the math first....lists in python, nested loops and 3d arrays in C, recursion took like forever to understand, even when i thought i did, i couldnt harness its true power.

True he can always learn that later when he need to.

Meanwhile recursion and nested loops take my eye see wieeen, learning how to print pattern for somebody who is not maths inclined is hard

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by afuye(m): 6:35pm On Apr 26, 2020
romeo411:
I honestly want to switch to programming as in carrier change, considering that I am 40, can I still make it giving every input I put in.
i started programming few months before i was 31 . so no age barrier! i build using react , react native and node.
my personal site is http://waleafuye.cf

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by mcqwerty(m): 7:43pm On Apr 28, 2020
Hello Friend,

I advice you as a Programmer doing Website Design & Software development and not a Website designer.

I am also assuming you said "Programming" as a career switch and not website design.

If family or girlfriend is not in the way, go to a good computer college and enroll for C++ & Java programming or Python. You can even write oracle Java certification later on to boost your career.

To succeed in anything, you will need a considerable amount of time learning, practice and internalising. You will be patient while learning and honing your skills.

Don't waste time with YouTube or online coding schools. It's for those that already know their way around coding.

Do not go for HTML5, css and JavaScript lessons. Do not go for new and shiny stuffs like Js and the likes. You can add those later when you have mastered Core programming languages.

Web Design is not real career. Don't come to be begging for website design on Nairaland.com like a good number of us.

Take this advice from a 39yo man like you and you will not regret it.

Cheers.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by tensazangetsu20(m): 10:25am On Apr 29, 2020
mcqwerty:
Hello Friend,

I advice you as a Programmer doing Website Design & Software development and not a Website designer.

I am also assuming you said "Programming" as a career switch and not website design.

If family or girlfriend is not in the way, go to a good computer college and enroll for C++ & Java programming or Python. You can even write oracle Java certification later on to boost your career.

To succeed in anything, you will need a considerable amount of time learning, practice and internalising. You will be patient while learning and honing your skills.

Don't waste time with YouTube or online coding schools. It's for those that already know their way around coding.

Do not go for HTML5, css and JavaScript lessons. Do not go for new and shiny stuffs like Js and the likes. You can add those later when you have mastered Core programming languages.

Web Design is not real career. Don't come to be begging for website design on Nairaland.com like a good number of us.

Take this advice from a 39yo man like you and you will not regret it.

Cheers.
Which one is core programming languages. JavaScript has been there since the beginning of the web in 1995. Talking about those 10k website builders, how many of them know JavaScript. Almost everyone that can now edit WordPress is a JavaScript developer. Webapps are getting more complicated and JavaScript continues to dominate. It's now even used in Games. It was used in FIFA 20.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by castrol180(m): 9:58am On May 04, 2020
romeo411:
I honestly want to switch to programming as in carrier change, considering that I am 40, can I still make it giving every input I put in.

I think we are in the same category...mine is that I always want to do many things at the same time which at the end of the day, I end up doing nothing much. The reason I have been longing to go into programming has been to be able to build all these mini sites where I can be advertising e-books and some other services like some guys did and make their cool money at the convenience of their room and one major thing that occurred to me before I went for my service and during the service some years ago was to build a news site while not thinking of ROI or profit, I just want to do it for fun and passion I have for journalism, even to the extent of wishing and willing to register with NIJ for PGD in journalism. Though, I try in my little way to learn the skill online as nobody is ready to train one physically. Up till now I haven't been so well stable as I still possess that personality of wanting to multi task.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Raalsalghul: 8:47pm On May 04, 2020
mcqwerty:
Hello Friend,

I advice you as a Programmer doing Website Design & Software development and not a Website designer.

I am also assuming you said "Programming" as a career switch and not website design.

If family or girlfriend is not in the way, go to a good computer college and enroll for C++ & Java programming or Python. You can even write oracle Java certification later on to boost your career.

To succeed in anything, you will need a considerable amount of time learning, practice and internalising. You will be patient while learning and honing your skills.

Don't waste time with YouTube or online coding schools. It's for those that already know their way around coding.

Do not go for HTML5, css and JavaScript lessons. Do not go for new and shiny stuffs like Js and the likes. You can add those later when you have mastered Core programming languages.

Web Design is not real career. Don't come to be begging for website design on Nairaland.com like a good number of us.

Take this advice from a 39yo man like you and you will not regret it.

Cheers.

Suggest a good school to learn Python/R.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by ToyinDipo(m): 9:31pm On May 04, 2020
If you have an alternative don't, that's about the twilight for a programmer, except you are gifted

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 10:44pm On May 07, 2020
GrantCashel:
I ve taken the most unconventional approach to learning programming.
Being unserious in secondary school, it affected my progress in 2018.
You need to settle any problem you have with math if you dont want any issues. Google pdfdrive.com and download in this order developmental math for college students, college algebra and trigonometry, linear algebra, classical geometry, calculus, advanced calculus, vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations. If you want to avoid begging to build websites on nairaland, avoid web development, android or any shiny applications until you're theoretically grounded.
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 10:50pm On May 07, 2020
Well, that was my initial thought about coding until I started seeing some testimonies of folks that doesn't have such background neither did they work on that, but proclaiming how they became programmers. Well am coming from an Engineering background (civil) so am quiet abreast with the maths terms.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 10:53pm On May 07, 2020
ToyinDipo:
If you have an alternative don't, that's about the twilight for a programmer, except you are gifted
It's just my option bro.
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:00pm On May 07, 2020
mcqwerty:
Hello Friend,

I advice you as a Programmer doing Website Design & Software development and not a Website designer.

I am also assuming you said "Programming" as a career switch and not website design.

If family or girlfriend is not in the way, go to a good computer college and enroll for C++ & Java programming or Python. You can even write oracle Java certification later on to boost your career.

To succeed in anything, you will need a considerable amount of time learning, practice and internalising. You will be patient while learning and honing your skills.

Don't waste time with YouTube or online coding schools. It's for those that already know their way around coding.

Do not go for HTML5, css and JavaScript lessons. Do not go for new and shiny stuffs like Js and the likes. You can add those later when you have mastered Core programming languages.

Web Design is not real career. Don't come to be begging for website design on Nairaland.com like a good number of us.

Take this advice from a 39yo man like you and you will not regret it.

Cheers.
Thanks dear, are you suggesting that this online learning that is the rave of the moment is not a pathway to follow?
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:04pm On May 07, 2020
pavanbaddi911:

I understand but it is risk you have to takes. You make a plan were in part-time you learn programming and once you develop confidence you can go further below and some useful website which will help you to get started.

[W3Schools][https://www.w3schools.com/]
[The Code Learners introduction to python][http://thecodelearners.com/python-introduction/]
[Tutorials Point python][https://www.tutorialspoint.com/python/index.htm]

Have a nice day.
Thanks for the assistance

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