Please allow me to introduce myself, I am a severely middle-aged IT para-professional working in the Legal industry. I wrote my first computer program in FORTRAN, using a card punching machine, at East Carolina University in 1970, while a junior in highschool. I remember playing Pong (a very primitive video game) on a huge arcade console somewhere in Asheville NC, also in the early '70's. I learned some rudimentary BASIC while attending the University of Louisville later in the 70's. My first really useful PC was an Apple III, with an external 5 MB (yes, Megabytes) hard drive that weighed about 20 pounds and had to be turned on first to spin up to speed, which took about 90 seconds. I used a software package - 3 Easy Pieces, which integrated Word Processing, a Spreadsheet, and I believe, a flat-file database -- to automate payments for a law firm's library acquisitions and serials maintenance - that 640 KB limit (RAM) was a b***h. I helped convinced the partners at the firm to give all their secretaries PCs, so we bought a fleet of Compaq 286 machines and some Laserjet II printers, and I had to learn DOS in a hurry. I remember when 3.1 came out. Fast-forward 40 years, and I am still at that same law firm, mostly developing MS Access front-ends to access SQL data stores, and doing records management. I help support about 50 users, doing stuff like printer and software troubleshooting.
I hope it will be okay if I lurk a bit before jumping into the deep end?