Ancient Dragon. I seem to recall that you mentioned once that you came to the world of programming being fairly mature.
I am not as old, but old enough to think that schooling might not be a solution. Is there any hope for a hobbyist like me, to someday get a entry position at coding.
What's should be, if any, the realistic goal I should persue?. Any comment?.
When I started out in 1985 the computer programming field was wide open. There just were not that many of us so it was not difficult to find jobs. After I retired from US Air Force I bought a book, cheap computer and began practicing. A couple months later I landed an entry level programming job at local temp agency and things went on from there. Now, however the field is flooded with programmers and companies can hire them a dime a dozen.
Your goal should be to make yourself stand out above the crowd. To do that you need all the education you can get -- a bachelors degree is desireable, masters is better. Ph.D. not any good at all unless you want to do research for some university or company like Microsoft -- way over qualified for most programming jobs.
Most entry level jobs today require either a college degree or a lot of experience. If you are under 50 years old with little or no practical programming experience I would strongly suggest getting your rear end into college and get that degree. I don't know how true it is but I have heard many companies will not hire older people because they can get young recruits directly out of college for a lot less money then they might have to pay an older person with a spouse and family to support. In USA that might be more true on both coasts then in the midwest where I live.