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Can I prosper in programming as a late starter?


It seems that the whole world is going digital and I’m thinking it’s high time I got in on the action. I’ve always had an interest in computers and would love to be able to write software, but I’ve never studied programming and am not sure where to start. What programming skills are most important in Hong Kong? Is it feasible to pick up the required skills by studying in my spare time outside work and if so, would you recommend self-learning or online courses? Will I, as someone who already has several years of work experience, stand a chance in the job market against fresh graduates with computer science degrees?