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I'm a late starter to coding, at time of writing I'm 35 and started coding in VB at 33, in 2010. So I don't have any formal background in it. My day job was purely content research and entry, I decided programming would make it faster.
Now I use WPF with vb or c#, I'm learning F# and functional programming, LINQ and lambdas are part of my normal coding life and Entity Framework is making a previously manual job a lot easier. I still shift back to old school SQL at work with winforms at need. Also of interest is influencing our company into Agile practices including TDD and DDD :)
I've played with Lua on the IPad, php and MYsql for fun. Tinkered with Eclipse and Android Sdk though I'm not intent on learning Java. Currently reading a little on Lisp on the side as I understand closures and lambdas enough to make use of them.
I'd like to get into specialist arenas with code, especially medical or scientific stuff despite lacking bits of paper. So on the side I'm studying maths and neurosciences, in the hope I can get onto a decent course or three in time to come.
I'm very interested in getting into a challenge that is both intriguing but beyond me so that I'm forced to work out how to express solutions in code thoroughly. I'm on problem 3 at Project Euler in an effort to kick back against my apparent lack of experience in the market place for developers.
Latest update: A couple of weeks after starting to play with F# on my early morning blog "challenges", I discovered R. Now some qualifiers, I've not done any real higher education-so my maths is a little light; however, it was fun to find out I can produce a graph straight to a PDF in 3 small lines of code.
And then discover I can use a type provider to talk to the R language to do the same trick :). So I'll be adding both R and type providers to my personal portfolio!