I learned a ton, and now I very frequently write code to help me in my job as a journalist and book author. I’ve written little scripts and programs that make my work and personal life easier. I’ve also discovered I enjoy it—it can be an absolute blast, intellectually and creatively.
Along the way, I gathered some hopefully-useful lessons for you. Some of them from my own experience and some from talking to experts—those who teach programming and some full-time coders who taught themselves.