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Old 04-11-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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42 years old and looking to change careers.
Web Development ? Yes or No ?
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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yes
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Depends. Do you have experience with programming and coding? Because if you are only thinking about design and art work you may be poorly paid for a long time. Being able to do data driven websites and especially integrating payment systems is important if you want to make some money.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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no, you are little too late. unless you mean just doing the design and you are good with computer art/graphic.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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Ok, so we have conflicting opinions. Hmmmm. Going back to square one, I'm looking to change careers so , no I'm not " good with computer art/graphic " , nor do I " have experience with programming and coding ". I'm thinking of going back to school.
So far, we have a "yes", "depends", and "no". From what I've discovered so far it is a multi faceted field and there are many skills and areas under the umbrella of 'web development' . Can anyone sort of break that down for me ? Programming, graphic design, writing and editing, etc. I don't really have a good picture of how all of this comes together. This is all part of my research, so forgive my ignorance please.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:38 PM
 
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Maybe you should look into database administrator
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I think just know web coding and the programs to do it are not enough. You also have to have that artistic flair to create attractive websites.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:48 PM
 
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Yes, but the learning curve is steep.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:29 PM
 
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-- Have you programmed anything yet, like even a basic HTML page?
-- Do you love to thinker and have an endless desire to learn how stuff works?
-- Do you know what CTRL-U means?
-- Are you good at math? Does the thought of learning Calculus, Differential Equations, Proofs, and Linear Algebra excite you?

If you said "no" to any of the above, I'd say programming school is probably not for you. You're definitely older so you have to be creme a'la creme if you want to beat out candidates who are younger (I am led to understand that ageism is an unspoken problem). Maybe look into one of those website acceleration programs. Supposedly you can get a job after 3 months of 15-hour-days training.

Perhaps you are artistic and love typography, design, and art. Pick up Photoshop (Gimp ain't gonna cut it, sorry) and learn that program from top-to-bottom. Be a monster and learn all the funky hot-keys.

I'm sort of underwhelmed at this moment, since I suspect that if you really wanted it, you wouldn't be here asking for advice and you'd be talking up all the classes you took on Coursera or EdX. You'd already be programming because you have a passion so strong it hurts to not do it, which is what you'll need if you are a late-bloomer. If you really aren't sure, then sign up for Introduction to Computer Programming at EdX. If you quit, then don't bother going to school.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:35 PM
 
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I say this with pure confidence: You don't need to know "Calculus, Differential Equations, Proofs, and Linear Algebra" for web development.

Knowing CTRL+U doesn't mean anything. There's plenty of ways to get there. Web developers would rather hit F12 on chrome or CTRL+F12 on FireFox with firebug anyways.
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