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Old guy IT manager wants to start over as a developer

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I just turned 62 and was employed as an eCommerce development manager for years until the pandemic changed my employment status last year.  Upon reflection, I decided while I have enjoyed my management positions over the years, it is because I got a chance to work with technology and developers.  I learned many devops skills, how to manage application deliveries to a deadline and many soft skills that would be of great use to any development team.  I decided that rather than just look for other management level jobs, I would focus on learning and sharpening my programming skills and go back to work as a developer.

For the past year I have been studying and practicing with various technologies, (concentrating mostly on Java - geared toward passing the Java Certification exam) and my skills have improved greatly.  I am now ready to go back to work.  

My questions for the group:  

1) How do I position my resume to get a development position when I haven't written a piece of code professionally for over 20 years?  My resume reads like that of a manager, although I have a great deal of experience to offer to a development team(just not coding experience).
2) Is there a bias against "mature" folks in the IT area?  Over the last several years I have worked with many people who are less than half my age and have enjoyed and learned from the interactions.  I have also done a good job of keeping up with technical trends.
3) How do I start?

Looking forward to your advice.  Not nearly ready to hang 'em up.

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