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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by peacefull(f): 2:54am On Jul 20, 2020
TheManOfTheYear:
Woah, the virus is also here but not as worse as in Japan.
I'm mostly indoors because I can work remote as a tech person.

Nice to know you're keeping safe

That's good!
I'm happy to hear that!
This virus is affecting many peoples life cry

I wonder that wash hand, gargle throat, wear mask etc is like routine in Japan since long time.
Many places like hospital, supermarket,bank etc already had hand sanitizer before this virus.
Whenever you go, you can use it free.
Japan already have many type of sterilization items for hand, kitchen, toilet, clothes etc before this virus.
Yet this virus is spreading in Japan embarassed

Anyway, Please take good care of yourself and keep in safe!

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 3:56pm On Jul 20, 2020
faithful22911:
Its sad, nobody wants to tell him the bitter truth.
Well,
Goodluck to him at 40.
The truth is that we all are not the same, the guy has moved on. Almost done with frontend and doesn't have any issue on your fears.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Daejoyoung: 5:13pm On Jul 20, 2020
faithful12911:

Oga you should be ashamed of yourself by this time. Coming to a public forum to post this kind of thing is very disgraceful in the first place.

What were you doing all those years?
A man at 40+ starring at a laptop screen for several hours is the most ridiculous and demeaning activity at your age when your mates have already retired to focus on family and mentorship.

Goodluck to you sha..
Everyone cannot live according to a particular script, why can't a man at 40 learn new things and switch careers, is 40 that old? and who says only young people should stare at the laptop for several hours?
Even old people ( at 50) stare at their television for several hours, so why not a laptop?

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by tensazangetsu20(m): 9:19pm On Jul 20, 2020
Daejoyoung:

Everyone cannot live according to a particular script, why can't a man at 40 learn new things and switch careers, is 40 that old? and who says only young people should stare at the laptop for several hours?
Even old people ( at 50) stare at their television for several hours, so why not a laptop?
You shouldn't have replied him. It's obvious he's frustrated.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:35am On Jul 21, 2020
tensazangetsu20:

You shouldn't have replied him. It's obvious he's frustrated.
Thanks is all I can say for now.
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:44am On Jul 21, 2020
Daejoyoung:

Everyone cannot live according to a particular script, why can't a man at 40 learn new things and switch careers, is 40 that old? and who says only young people should stare at the laptop for several hours?
Even old people ( at 50) stare at their television for several hours, so why not a laptop?
Thanks for the apt response. I wonder what the baby thought 40 is, for his mind I have not achieved anything before now. I may even look younger than him/her.
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:48am On Jul 21, 2020
maak400:

Great analysis. If he doesn’t have the passion for programming but only wants to delve into it because of the hype and buzz around it, he’ll quit sooner than later.
If he’s a family man, he should stick to his job or whatever brings him income and learn programming as an extra skill, not abandoning his current job and switching fully like he’s trying to do. Else he’ll be frustrated quickly due to lack of income while learning.
I am also learning Javascript alongside my normal job, when I am well grounded, I’ll look for a programmer job.
My thoughts actually, am serious but not desperate. I have even gone on knowing the principles. Thanks dear
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by arena07: 11:49am On Jul 21, 2020
tensazangetsu20:

You shouldn't have replied him. It's obvious he's frustrated.
Someone should put me thorough the programming languages I can start with for
front end and back end developer... I need step by step to be a full stack.with
where I can download good video as a beginner.bro I need details
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:51am On Jul 21, 2020
faithful12911:

Oga you should be ashamed of yourself by this time. Coming to a public forum to post this kind of thing is very disgraceful in the first place.

What were you doing all those years?
A man at 40+ starring at a laptop screen for several hours is the most ridiculous and demeaning activity at your age when your mates have already retired to focus on family and mentorship.

Goodluck to you sha..
Thanks, you have made your points severally and I appreciate your own side of contribution.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by tensazangetsu20(m): 11:59am On Jul 21, 2020
arena07:
Someone should put me thorough the programming languages I can start with for
front end and back end developer... I need step by step to be a full stack.with
where I can download good video as a beginner.bro I need details
Front end
HTML
CSS
JavaScript
Git and GitHub
React. (Leave Vue or angular)
Back end
Node js
PHP
My SQL
Mongodb.
You could go with nodejs and mongodb or PHP and My SQL. Also learn one framework. Express for nodejs or laravel for PHP.
You can start with freecodecamp to get an Introduction and you could get courses on udemy. This is what I recommend.
You can get any html course and follow through but for CSS I recommend CSS the complete guide by Maxmillian schwarz, JavaScript the complete guide by Maxmillian schwarz, react the complete guide by Maxmillian schwarz. He's very detailed. Back to back it should take you around six months to finish his courses and don't forget to build stuff alongside. He also has courses for nodejs, however for PHP you might want to go with courses from Edwin Diaz.

Backend should take you another six months and don't forget to build while learning.
Happy coding.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Daejoyoung: 12:23pm On Jul 21, 2020
romeo411:
Thanks for the apt response. I wonder what the baby thought 40 is, for his mind I have not achieved anything before now. I may even look younger than him/her.
I wonder o? is 40 that old? Who says a 40 year old can't change his/her career path.
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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by soleexx(m): 12:47pm On Jul 22, 2020
Etinosa1234:


pls do u have any books that elaborate on software development
thanks

Umhmm bro, I don't have any Ebooks, only Hardcopy... You know ; you should search google for Ebooks pdf to download... I'm sure you will get loads of it...
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by sreamsense: 10:59pm On Jul 22, 2020
romeo411:
My thoughts actually, am serious but not desperate. I have even gone on knowing the principles. Thanks dear
Programming has no age limit. Many real life programmers are old and mature men. Forget about those who are just making online noise on Nairaland calling themselves programmers and discouraging you. Many of them are just learner's and dreamers, they have never developed any tangible application before.

Many serious programmers don't have time for online chatting, they are either indoor coding or chasing programming contracts. You only need to be focus and be self-decipline. Pitch your tent with one or two particular languages based on areas of good modern programming languages you like to major and stop being driven away by big names in programming languages.

You need to first settle with areas you want to focus like building desktop applications (that can run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Raspberry Pi), you can also major in Mobile App (that can run on Android, iOS or window mobile), you may also decide to pitch your tent with website development (using languages like html, CSS, JavaScript, Php and mysql ..using coding approach or using third-party applications like Dreamweaver, frontpage, Joomla or WordPress etc).

If you are good with electronic or you studied computer engineering or electronic engineering or have background experiences in electronic, you may also want to focus on embedded systems programming ( where you program ICs, microcontrollers, Arduino, and iot and automation related programming).

Programming field is wide and learning curve has no end, but first settle about areas you like so you can come to second stage of choosing programming languages that you can flow with to acheive your dream. There are millions of existing programming languages, but be guided don't be lost here.

Any reasonable modern programming language can acheive what you want, pick one or two and stay focus till you grow in programming to explore other languages for fun. Another question you must answer by yourself is why you want to learn programming? Is it for fun or you want to choose it as career?

If it is for career, I will advise you to combine mobile application development with your web development interest. With mobile, even if there is no contract job, you can develop simple application that you can put on Google play or iOS side or sell in your local market if you package it well and earn money while you are waiting for contract job on web development.

Learning programming initially is hard and demands concentration and high sense of discipline, but the end is always joyous as you can quickly become financially independent. So, many serious programmers today all over the world are old men who are still in 60,70 and 80 years old.

You can do your undergrand study, forget about online noise of those people programming with mouth. While younger ones are comming up, old men who created opportunity or invented something during Fortran, Cobol and VB1 to 6 etc are also counting on their experiences to blend with other new languages to remain relevant in the programming market to maintain their inventions

I don't have much time to explain in detail by writing, but believe me, you are still very young in programming world if you wish to learn and your experience will also count in identifying and solving real-life problems when you master any programming of your choice. If you remain focus, in two years, you should be one of the problem solvers the world is waiting for.
Regards

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Leem4: 12:16am On Jul 23, 2020
sreamsense:

Programming has no age limit. Many real life programmers are old and mature men. Forget about those who are just making online noise on Nairaland calling themselves programmers and discouraging you. Many of them are just learner's and dreamers, they have never developed any tangible application before.

Many serious programmers don't have time for online chatting, they are either indoor coding or chasing programming contracts. You only need to be focus and be self-decipline. Pitch your tent with one or two particular languages based on areas of good modern programming languages you like to major and stop being driven away by big names in programming languages.

You need to first settle with areas you want to focus like building desktop applications (that can run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Raspberry Pi), you can also major in Mobile App (that can run on Android, iOS or window mobile), you may also decide to pitch your tent with website development (using languages like html, CSS, JavaScript, Php and mysql ..using coding approach or using third-party applications like Dreamweaver, frontpage, Joomla or WordPress etc).

If you are good with electronic or you studied computer engineering or electronic engineering or have background experiences in electronic, you may also want to focus on embedded systems programming ( where you program ICs, microcontrollers, Arduino, and iot and automation related programming).

Programming field is wide and learning curve has no end, but first settle about areas you like so you can come to second stage of choosing programming languages that you can flow with to acheive your dream. There are millions of existing programming languages, but be guided don't be lost here.

Any reasonable modern programming language can acheive what you want, pick one or two and stay focus till you grow in programming to explore other languages for fun. Another question you must answer by yourself is why you want to learn programming? Is it for fun or you want to choose it as career?

If it is for career, I will advise you to combine mobile application development with your web development interest. With mobile, even if there is no contract job, you can develop simple application that you can put on Google play or iOS side or sell in your local market if you package it well and earn money while you are waiting for contract job on web development.

Learning programming initially is hard and demands concentration and high sense of discipline, but the end is always joyous as you can quickly become financially independent. So, many serious programmers today all over the world are old men who are still in 60,70 and 80 years old.

You can do your undergrand study, forget about online noise of those people programming with mouth. While younger ones are comming up, old men who created opportunity or invented something during Fortran, Cobol and VB1 to 6 etc are also counting on their experiences to blend with other new languages to remain relevant in the programming market to maintain their inventions

I don't have much time to explain in detail by writing, but believe me, you are still very young in programming world if you wish to learn and your experience will also count in identifying and solving real-life problems when you master any programming of your choice. If you remain focus, in two years, you should be one of the problem solvers the world is waiting for.
Regards

Please I need your input in regards to this....

It has being few months since I began to learn a language( python to be precise). Data science / Machine learning is my proposed fort.

From your advise above, I can see that you didn't make mention of data science at all. I have being doing some findings, (quora, Reddit) people's opinion and i have reached a logical conclusion that Data science has more teachers than practitioners. And in suport of this, advert for learning data science is much more than job placement.
As you stated above, I am trying to switch path, thinking of Java. ( app developer).
Data science is cool to me, but I don't want to be committed to a venture that won't be profitable. I am not saying Data science is not lucrative, but I want something favorable in my environment ( Nigeria labor market).

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 1:06pm On Jul 23, 2020
sreamsense:

Programming has no age limit. Many real life programmers are old and mature men. Forget about those who are just making online noise on Nairaland calling themselves programmers and discouraging you. Many of them are just learner's and dreamers, they have never developed any tangible application before.

Many serious programmers don't have time for online chatting, they are either indoor coding or chasing programming contracts. You only need to be focus and be self-decipline. Pitch your tent with one or two particular languages based on areas of good modern programming languages you like to major and stop being driven away by big names in programming languages.

You need to first settle with areas you want to focus like building desktop applications (that can run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Raspberry Pi), you can also major in Mobile App (that can run on Android, iOS or window mobile), you may also decide to pitch your tent with website development (using languages like html, CSS, JavaScript, Php and mysql ..using coding approach or using third-party applications like Dreamweaver, frontpage, Joomla or WordPress etc).

If you are good with electronic or you studied computer engineering or electronic engineering or have background experiences in electronic, you may also want to focus on embedded systems programming ( where you program ICs, microcontrollers, Arduino, and iot and automation related programming).

Programming field is wide and learning curve has no end, but first settle about areas you like so you can come to second stage of choosing programming languages that you can flow with to acheive your dream. There are millions of existing programming languages, but be guided don't be lost here.

Any reasonable modern programming language can acheive what you want, pick one or two and stay focus till you grow in programming to explore other languages for fun. Another question you must answer by yourself is why you want to learn programming? Is it for fun or you want to choose it as career?

If it is for career, I will advise you to combine mobile application development with your web development interest. With mobile, even if there is no contract job, you can develop simple application that you can put on Google play or iOS side or sell in your local market if you package it well and earn money while you are waiting for contract job on web development.

Learning programming initially is hard and demands concentration and high sense of discipline, but the end is always joyous as you can quickly become financially independent. So, many serious programmers today all over the world are old men who are still in 60,70 and 80 years old.

You can do your undergrand study, forget about online noise of those people programming with mouth. While younger ones are comming up, old men who created opportunity or invented something during Fortran, Cobol and VB1 to 6 etc are also counting on their experiences to blend with other new languages to remain relevant in the programming market to maintain their inventions

I don't have much time to explain in detail by writing, but believe me, you are still very young in programming world if you wish to learn and your experience will also count in identifying and solving real-life problems when you master any programming of your choice. If you remain focus, in two years, you should be one of the problem solvers the world is waiting for.
Regards
Thanks dear, I already have a mentor in you. I will not fail to archive this wonderful encouraging post of yours. I started to wonder if programming has become a child's play that it is only for children to learn. You are the kind of people we're looking unto. God ll bless you.

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Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 1:13pm On Jul 23, 2020
[b][b]SreamSense [b][/b] :-pls can I have your contact if you dont mind.
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by SirDel: 4:53pm On Jul 23, 2020
Am interested, contact number pls
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by sreamsense: 8:30pm On Jul 23, 2020
romeo411:
[b][b]SreamSense [b][/b] :-pls can I have your contact if you dont mind.


Leem4:


SirDel:
Am interested, contact number pls

Better to inbox me instead, placing my number on public forum may make me received more calls than I could cater for at moment because of my tight schedule to avoid distraction for now
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by romeo411(m): 11:20am On Jul 24, 2020
sreamsense:






Better to inbox me instead, placing my number on public forum may make me received more calls than I could cater for at moment because of my tight schedule to avoid distraction for now
Ok, will do that.
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by sreamsense: 7:17pm On Jul 24, 2020
romeo411:
Ok, will do that.
I got your Nairaland notification, but your Nairaland email is still inactive. Maybe, you should attach your email here then
Regards
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by beatific: 12:06am On Oct 15, 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.
so man just checking, how has it been going? smiley smiley
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by OGWILLS123: 10:10pm On Oct 15, 2020
igboarenice:

By the time he is through with all that maths he will be ready to face his maker
No mind that cut and join programmer grin he thinks maths is the only
thing a Programmer needs
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by Bull098: 5:38pm On Oct 16, 2020
I will teach you programming for free
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by ABSAO(m): 7:12am On Oct 22, 2020
Bull098:
I will teach you programming for free
I'm interested too.
Re: At 40, Can I Still Learn Programming And Be Good At It? by SirDel: 10:42am On Mar 02
Am not ok, with Ash color one, does not look pure to me

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