One thing I've learned over the years is that it takes a lot more skill to solve a problem by writing code that's simple rather than clever.
@Coinneach you're thinking of this Mark Twain quote I suspect https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/21422-i-didn-t-have-time-to-write-a-short-letter-so
nd yeah that translates to coding quite well.
Regarding knowing how to code, I'd say it's never too late to start. :)