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How can I be very proficient in Java? I am an electrical electronics engineer but I have keen interest in programming though my age is not that encouraging- I am 35 years old.
Rukevwe OghweJava developerAsked:
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Rukevwe OghweJava developerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your encouragement
awking00Information Technology SpecialistCommented:
From my viewpoint, your age is actually encouraging. I got my computer science degree at age 50 and have been programming (multiple languages) for nearly the last 20 years. :-)
Rukevwe OghweJava developerAuthor Commented:
Wow, I am even the more encouraged. I would never have believed someone can start coding at age 50. But do you really need a degree to do coding very well?
But do you really need a degree to do coding very well

many of the "good" ( from my point of view ) programmers i encountered had a degree... in a field that is neither IT or mathematics, some of them had none, and the very few good ones with a degree in computer science were good before they even started taking classes.

starting late on your own is not a problem. but you need to expect your first apps to be lamish until you figure out the hard way a few things such as how to handle errors properly without relying on a 6 pages post-crash stack trace. ... and in my case i took me about 4-5 years before i started writing code i was not willing to rewrite entirely if i stumbled upon it a year after ( either for readability, style, performance,  forward compatibility ... )
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