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Is it too late to learn programming at 20?

Ok, so all my life I've wanted to code. Games like Halo, COD, Battlefield, and more have led me to want to do game development. Plus programming in general is fun. However, everyone I've known irl has started programming when they were young. Started early on. I didn't. I started not too long ago, and between school and a job, I haven't had much time to practice or learn much. After I finish school, I plan on focusing a lot more on programming. But before I do, I want to know if it's too late for me. Should I focus on a different career since I didn't get a head start like most others? Even as a hobby, it sounds fun. But as a career, I need to know if I still have time.

22nd Jan 2019, 11:06 AM
Daniel Cooper
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I would say you are never too old to be coding, or too young.
24th Jan 2019, 10:57 PM
Kerbal Chris
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Ohh... Youre quite lucky to code from 20. There're many others who starts at 30, even 40. (except you will die at 21 so its late :v)
22nd Jan 2019, 11:15 AM
ShortCode
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I would said 20 is a early age to learn coding for most programmers.
22nd Jan 2019, 11:50 AM
Calviղ
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It is easier to learn when you are young (well, I don't know how it is to be 20 and so on, I'm one of the young learners), but I think you can learn it nearly anywhen. If you will get a job of it is another question, but I encourage you to continue learning.
22nd Jan 2019, 11:19 AM
Joel Kronqvist
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Look at this thread which is quite active right now. If you read past the usual motivational trite, you find a few links to articles where people became developers in their 30ies, 40ies or later. https://www.sololearn.com/discuss/1662512/?ref=app Wait, let me repost one of the links here (thanks to Danelia Sanchez Sanchez): https://medium.freecodecamp.org/stories-from-300-developers-who-got-their-first-tech-job-in-their-30s-40s-and-50s-64306eb6bb27
22nd Jan 2019, 11:28 AM
HonFu
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ShortCode if(age == 21) { Death(); } ???
25th Jan 2019, 6:08 AM
Daniel Cooper
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Lol i turn 30 come march. Ive known webdesign languages for years from college but im only now learning beyond web design like python. Psychology theorizes the younger you are the more you can learn and as you age your ability to retain degrades. If most of us here are 30+ i think your in good order ;)
25th Jan 2019, 12:17 PM
Charles Beason
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