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Old 11-12-2008, 04:11 PM   #1
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I was a programmer for 4 years ending 12 years ago. Back then it was all procedural, not object oriented. Now I'm 45. On the other hand, I'm bright and motivated (and for what it's worth, I've got a Bachelor's degree in engineering from 20 years ago). If I work hard and learn what I need
to, is there any way in hell I can break back into programming? No doom and gloom, no "happy crap", just what do you think, can it be done?
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Sure you can. It will take a lot of dedication, but ofcourse it can be done.
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:32 PM   #3
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I don't see why not. If you grasp the idea of objects and can learn the syntax (if you've done C then C# syntax would be easy to pick up). I think you'll be fine.
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:45 PM   #4
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JESUS, thanks you guys, that's what I want to hear!!
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:27 PM   #5
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Yeah have a look at some C++ tutorials or look at web programming such as perl/php etc
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JESUS, thanks you guys, that's what I want to hear!!
anyone is capable of doing anything. It just all depends on the individual. If you put your mind to it...you can achieve anything. Remember that
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Just remember to keep an open mind. A lot of programming methods and approaches have changed significantly from 12 years ago. If you have no concept of object oriented programming it will be difficult to understand for a while. It's important to not give up off the get go.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:35 PM   #8
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I just thought this might be perceived in the industry as a middle aged guy applying for an entry level position, resulting in a big "no thanks".
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:58 PM   #9
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It wouldn't hurt to get a textbook. Maybe get an introductory c++ college level text with a chapter or 2 on object oriented programming. If you've been out of programming for long, you might want to also brush up on the chapters not regarding object oriented prgming anyway. It wouldn't hurt.
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