When I ask the younger generation what would they like to do when they grow up many of them say computer programming, or make video games (popular with the boys it seems). Nothing wrong with that, or having an interest in it anyway.
I don’t know many adults that are a little older that are either programmers or want to become one. Not that they are not out there, it just doesn’t seem that popular with the older generation.
There is a lot more to programming of any kind than years ago. When I was in elementary to middle school it was almost non-existent, or barely ever mentioned. I guess we had no idea that computers and technology were the future back then. The internet that we know didn’t even exist until after I was out of school.
Lucky for me though I did take an interest in web based programming in the early day of the internet. I tried to learn as much as I could, and stay up-to-date with new methods. This was pretty easy back then because technology and updates were not nearly as frequent as they are today.
There are so many different programming languages available now. Some more popular than others, but it’s nearly impossible to learn and master them all anymore. Some are kind of dependent on others and in order to create something decent you may need to learn more than one language.
I know it helped a lot to learn about programming in the early day, but again it was fairly simple back then. If I were just getting started today I would imagine it would seem a little overwhelming.
PHP (web programming) and Visual C / C++ (Windows programming) are probably two of the more difficult ones to master. These are really good, but they take a very long time learn. If you set them aside for several months it is easy to forget what you already learned. It can take years to get good with them, but they are worth it if you want a good job in programming one day.
Visual Basic (Windows programming) is a tough one too. I think it’s slightly easier to learn, but it’s definitely going to take a while. I took a few Visual Basic courses back in college. I really didn’t do much with it afterwards for years. When I tried to pick it up again I forgot a lot of what I had already learned.
If you do have an interest in programming great. Just remember it takes time to learn anything new. Some people are faster learners than others. You should also think about creating something as you continue learning. Even if it’s not for an employer or paying client. If you continue working on something it will help you improve your skills and you won’t forget what you have already learned.
The other thing is in order to get a decent full-time job in programming you will need a college degree. It will be a little difficult competing with other candidates that went to college. Not that they are any better than you it’s just employers are looking for college graduates especially in programming.
So if you want to become a web programmer or Windows computer programmer the sooner you start the better off you will be. If you decide it’s not for you no worries. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind either for that matter. It’s definitely not for everyone.