I just found channel 9, been browsing through the content, and thought it would be a good idea to join the forums. I guess I'm what you would call a career changer, or at least someone in the process of changing, anyway. My BS is in Mechanical Engineering, but I'm currently attempting to get myself into software development. Why? Well, I've always liked it and it was actually my first career choice, but I went for ME back then following my father's advice.
Anyway, I'm learning C++ on my own from books and using Visual Studio 2010 as IDE. I love Visual Studio, BTW. In the past, I had used Borland Turbo C++ 4.5 to write a few small programs for my research while in college, but never really to a professional level. Now I'm giving myself the chance to go deeper and I'm loving it. I already signed up for classes at the community college. I think they start in January. I also want to learn C# and Java.
I wonder, however, how hard it is to get into software development when you're coming from another field, like me. Is it even possible or am I dreaming? I don't really want to go through another 4 years of college. I just can't afford it. Any advice?