You should be so lucky

Potential for disillusionment: high. In fact, make that very high:

Yahoo Answers screenshot: If I start learning programming at the age of 19, when will I become rich?

He thinks he has a plan:

I will be attending UCR next year after I transfer from the community college I am currently attending. I plan on graduating and having my bachelor’s degree by the age of 23. If I work on the courses counted towards my computer science degree and study other programming languages online through sites like What will I be capable of? Could I make an app and become rich before or at the time I turn 30?

Wait until he finds out that “rich,” in programmerspeak, means “not living on cat food.”


  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    7 January 2016 · 6:50 am

    (chuckle) Well, it’s not quite that bad. For my part, at least, it was a good decision — and be aware that I forsook a career in physics to program computers full time.

  2. McGehee »

    7 January 2016 · 7:59 am

    I hope someone informs him that if he spends a semester learning any given thing, what he’s learning will have been superseded/obsoleted before midterms.

    I didn’t major in CS but it’s what happened to any computer-related courses I ever took.

  3. Jean »

    7 January 2016 · 9:56 am

    So, getting rich is the only reason to study anything?
    Perhaps he should study poker.

  4. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    9 January 2016 · 11:06 pm

    According to Dante, the 9th circle is already frozen over so he should get rich any day now…

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