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Old Mar 1st, 2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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I decided to take the plunge and jump into a career change, get out of music and get into game development. Man, am I ever confused haha.

Anyway, my plan is (was?) to learn how to program better in Python while catching up on my math and get into the game development program at University of Ontario. In the meantime, I thought it would be cool to program apps or games for the mac to help me get a better understanding of it all. Start small and slowly work up. I was told by many people to use python as my first language, so I got a bunch of resources for learning it, and now I am wondering if I can use it to develop games and apps for the mac? IS there a better answer?

Also, and this isn't exactly related to anything, do you guys think that thirty years old is too old to take such a radical reprogramming of my life? (pardon the pun) I am a little scared, but this is something I have always wanted to do.
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Old Mar 1st, 2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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You're never to old! Where there's a will, there's a way.
It's not silly to follow your dreams: in fact, I would say your silly not too.
Do it!

As for a languages, python's a great place to start.
You could also look at ruby on rails (for it's easy to read syntax and solid framework).

I'm 28 and switching it up. I'm moving from my own design & development business to working for a non profit (as a designer and developer). I want to make a difference, and to do so I'm taking a sizeable pay cut (even have to fund raise my own salary). I'm also learning RoR and moving towards ground up web application development (big learning curve). The dream is to one day self fund my non-profit work, as well as be able to use it for the non-profit work.

So what I'm trying to say is, you're not crazy. A man needs dreams and goals; something to apply himself too!

Cheers, and godspeed!
Nick

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BTW: here's a great quote, I hope you find it encouraging on your journey:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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Thanks for the encouragement, man. I am going to do this.
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Oh, and good luck by the way. Thats sounds awesome. I wish you well.
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I remember years ago when I was contemplating a big change a wise person asked me the following. " What is the worst thing that can happen if you do this" and "can you handle that happening" ?

You do not want to look back and "what if"

Writing and hopefully sending from new MacBook Pro - wooee!!
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