As the title says, I am 45 years old, from Portugal. Married, 2 children.
My academic background is un business management and economics, and all my professional carrer is in the financial area. I am CFO of an engineering company, and also CPA.
Some years ago I started to feel that I don´t like very much this financial area. And coding might be (almost sure) soemting I would like a lot. Some of my friends always told me, i should got the university degree in CS and not in businessa administration.
Now, I decided to give it a try. I realy would like to learn coding. I startd my research on houw to start and found free code camp.
So, I decided to try to go thru the curriculum from the beginnng, since I am a complety newby.
Hope to be able to complete this, to be able to be a software/web developer, and, who knows, change my career at 45.
Of course I will be using this comunity to get some help, and in the future, help others.
Python is a good general purpose language and can be used in a variety of areas. You can use it in web and you can also use it in other areas like data science.
A lot of people ask the question of can I start with python.
If you jump straight into the python sections, without previous programming experience you might feel like the material to moves a little fast.
Especially the projects.
You will have to supplement your learning with outside materials because you haven’t built up that baseline programming knowledge.
I think one of the reasons why people suggest python for beginners so much is that the syntax is easier to read and understand for beginners.
Both languages have tons of materials for beginners, so I would personally consider them both beginner accessible.
Also, IMO, most people struggle with the general programming aspects and not always the language itself.
I am also 45 years old and I started studying in IT.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender, your skin color - the main thing is your personal productivity at work.
Also of great importance is the constant desire to acquire new knowledge.
I’m 48 and getting my second degree, hopefully, two months from now, in Systems Analysis and Design. I decided to change careers when I was 44-45 and definitely don’t regret it. My background is in (world) languages, but I’ve always liked playing around with computers and believe this is definitely the time to pursue this dream. Welcome, boas-vindas, and happy coding!
Yep, I graduated as a BA in Languages long ago. I’ve been tackling the fCC curriculum in sequence: Responsive Web Design, JS, and Frontend Libraries at the moment. I’ve also taken some courses here and there on my own and practice in the challenge sites, like exercism, hackerrank, codesignal, and others. I think you’re on the right path. Remember: the hurry is yours and yours alone. You can take your time and learn on your own pace. At age 45, you have the advantage of your experience in Finances that will make a difference in whatever software related to the area you get involved with. Keep learning, have fun with what you learn and always count on the community. They are here to help.