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+ - Becoming programmer at 40 1

Submitted by fjsalcedo
fjsalcedo (1839086) writes "Hi! I've read many times, here at Slashdot and elesewhere, that programming, especially learning how to program professionally, is a matter of young people. That programmers after 35 or so begin to decline and even loose their jobs or at least part of their wages. Well, my story is quite the contrary. I've never made it after undergraduate level in Computer Science because I had to begin working. I've always worked 24x4 in IT environments, but all that stoped abruptly one and a half years ago when I was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy and my neurologist did forbid me from working shifts and, above all, nights. Fortunately enough, my company didn't fire me, instead they gave me the oportunity to learn and work as a web programmer. Since then, in les than a year, I've had to learn Java, Javascript, JSTL, EL, JSP, regular expressions, Spring, Hibernate, SQL, etc. And, you know what?? I did. I'm not an expert, of course, but I'm really interested in continue learning. Is my new born career a dead end or do I have a chance of becoming good at programming?"

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.