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So I'm starting to get disgruntled... I'm 25 and trying to learn programming and am having trouble grasping some of the concepts and I feel its because I'm getting started so late in life.

So I'm just curious if there were any notable programmers that got their start late in life?

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25 isn't late in life... –  Robert Rouhani Jan 9 '12 at 5:19
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Seriously, 25 is not late in life. –  Anonymous1 Jan 9 '12 at 5:20
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Hi @user1138034, this is the wrong forum for this type of question –  griegs Jan 9 '12 at 5:20
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It's OK, most programmers have trouble grasping all of the concepts. –  Dan Jan 9 '12 at 5:26
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I started programming when I was a teenager, which was well before you were born. Despite the early start and decades of practice, I still have trouble grasping some concepts. –  Jerry Coffin Jan 9 '12 at 5:29
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You can learn programming whenever you want. But you would finish later than those who started early.

Check this link for help: Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

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John W. Backus (apparently) started programming at age 25 when he joined IBM in 1950. He waited a few more years before he and his team invented FORTRAN in 1954.

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