I am excited to be here. I hope to be a success story and help others considering this path in the future.
A little background on me. I have always had an interest in computers and such from a gaming background as a kid. My first taste of something noteworthy was being an admin and hosting a private MMO game server. I was 12 and mostly used a hex editor and followed tutorials. With the help of a couple of other admins we did create a decent server and had 100 players on at one point.
Fast forward through high school and college where I just played sports and smoked myself retarded etc. After college I got into sales and did good. I even made 100k but I hated my job. I want to develop an actual skill that creates something and not have to constantly barrage people for business or sell someone else’s product.
During college I took a c# class, networking, and a database class. My major was management and I did plan on doing CIS but I got lazy and limped through college. For the record I have forgotten everything I learned. Unless your a genius, I don’t believe you can retain stuff that you briefly used years ago. Thus I am basically starting from scratch but with a good computer aptitude. I am much more focused and dedicated now that I have been in the real world and have a 5 year old son.
I want to become well versed in web development, software development and database. I think they all go together to some extent and learning the basics about all of them will give me better fundamentals. From my research I am leaning towards Database and SQL as a primary goal to get a job. The jobs seem plentiful and not over complicated.
I plan to get a part time job and focus on acquiring the skills to land a junior developer position. I am going to accomplish this by picking up knowledge in all ways possible. This includes information on the online community and sites like The Odin Project which are amazing. I would also like to consider picking up a college course here and there, especially if I can get tuition reimbursement. Lastly, my college experience has taught me that we usually just get guidance from a teacher while working through a good textbook that has plenty of exercises, terminology, projects etc. So I might pick up and work myself through some textbooks similar to what I did in college.
I am very excited to begin this change at 28 years old. It won’t be easy but I think the rewards for me and my family will be well worth it. If there is anyone else that is in a similar situation or starting on this journey I would love to work together. Furthermore, if anyone would like to help be a mentor in anyway I would greatly appreciate it and hope that one day I can pay it back/forward. I appreciate any feedback and guidance you guys can give.
A good first question is what languages you recommend focusing on. I am under the impression I would benefit from the following: Java, Python, Ruby, C#, SQL, HTML, CSS