Hello everyone. Sorry to take up your time but I have been working on teaching myself VB.net for about 8 months now. I've got 10 years working in systems administration and the pay has just gone down since I started. I'm lucky enough to have a very nice wife and so have taken the last 8ish months off work trying to do this solo. Problem is, I don't know "when" I'm ready. I have one friend that is a programmer (and is a real whiz) and I'm afraid that he's just so far beyond me right now that every time I open my mouth I feel like a total noobie. More importantly, it's almost discouraging because with every question I bring to him, I leave with 15 more. \r\n\r\nSo I ask this community, how do I measure myself? What do I need to know get that "first job". Frankly, the pay, I couldn't care as from what I've been told, getting that first year is everything and the pay comes in time. So I don't know... perhaps I need a checklist of things to know. Perhaps I just need to go for a programming gig and lie stating that "I'm a fine programmer", and just wing it. I'm good under pressure, but I highly doubt that I'll get more then "a" paycheck from lying. So if you all don't mind, a little input? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance!