Hi, I'm a finance grad student and I'm not young (>30 yrs old). I've never learnt any programming before, but during the coursework I did I had to use some statistical software. I then found out that I was attracted so much to programming and so I bought a couple of C books to learn from them (K&R2, Beginning C, etc.). I visited quite many forums including this and I've read threads about programming and programmers. One thing I notice is that so many programmers who are helping newbies and intermediate-level programmers and others are very young and have learnt programming since they were like 12 years old or so.
So my question is, am I too late to learn programming so that I can in fact use programming skills effectively in my future jobs? I'd like to learn C++ as it's applied extensively to finance/business. I like programming a lot the instant I read an extremely simple code from a statistical software I used. I spent time everyday reading books and typing in examples and doing exercises. I just would like to become not a programmer (b/c it's too unrealistic for a person at this age like me), but a person who has a basic knowledge/working knowledge of C and C++.
Is that too late? Are there people with similar experience who can later on become a true programmer?
Thanks a lot for your time and patience.