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Am I too old to code?(r/learnprogramming)
First, NEVER THINK YOU ARE TOO OLD TO LEARN A NEW SKILL. Unless your dead, you can learn something new!
I’m also 26, and working on learning iOS Development to get out of the IT support field.
Most of my experience is in PHP, but I hear good things about RoR, I would probably start researching the differences and go from there.
I picked up PHP in college where I took a special session that used this book: www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Web-Development-4th/dp/06…
It was only 4 classes and with that base I know enough now to make a pretty nice database driven website. I haven’t gone so far as to code my own blog or anything but I have done internal ticketing systems for use at my job.
As a tip, make sure you plan as much as you can out in advance. Start with what your main database table is going to hold, and what columns you need to support it. Once you have that, start working on mapping your site out on paper from a database interaction perspective and where in your site those interactions are going to live. Start off simple, one interaction at a time, then once you get all your interactions built and working, start adding features. Work a feature at a time and be sure to try and implement each feature across your entire project completely. I wouldn’t worry too much about the “Look” of the the site, or implementing the CSS until after your done getting the functionality to work. It should be pretty easy to go back through and implement <div> tags for things you need to format.