What language to focus on?

Where is the future? C++, C#, Java?

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#1 Mr.Bungle  Icon User is offline

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What language to focus on?

Post icon  Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:01 AM

I am currently a student, most of my programing has been in VB in the past. I am taking a C++ class and have played around a bit in C#.

I realize that it is good to know several languages and that the concepts of programming are more important than the particular language.

But as a beginner to intermediate, where should my focus be? My school just revised its computer information systems program.

Before the change they had a Java and advanced java class as well as C++.

Now, they don't even offer C++ and only one Java. But they added C# and Advanced C#.

I thought it would be best to stick with C++ but now I am thinking I should focus my efforts on C#.

What do others think?

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Re: What language to focus on?

Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:14 AM

Right now, stick with whatever you're learning in class. You'll get the most coverage from it since you'll be using it the most.

(By the way, good screen name)

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Re: What language to focus on?

Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:55 AM

I'm working on learning Java right now. I'm know C# and C/C++. I find Java easy to pick up with what I know of C# and C++. Also, if you know VB I find learning C# a little easier because they both use the .NET Framework, the main difference is their syntax and usage.

Hope I didn't confuse you. :)
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 03:25 PM

Planning to go to Purdue University and getting a degree in engineering
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Re: What language to focus on?

Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:32 AM

View Postdeer dance, on 22 Apr, 2009 - 02:25 PM, said:

Planning to go to Purdue University and getting a degree in engineering

Was this relative to the question? Anyway, that's awesome!

As for what Mr. Bungle asked, I'm currently a Java coder. Though, I wish I had experience in C++ or C#, because I've heard that would make my job easier in Java. So, I'm working on expanding into other fields.

As for the future, I'd assume C++, C#, .NET, and Java (possibly), but then again, I'm only a beginner, so you'd probably want to hear what the experts have to say.

Who knows, there could be more languages on their way.
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Re: What language to focus on?

Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:44 PM

There was a thread which describe what programmers needed to know in the future. Have a look for it. I think it said any .NET language would be a boost so focus on C++.NET
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Re: What language to focus on?

Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:47 AM

View Postfirebolt, on 23 Apr, 2009 - 08:44 PM, said:

There was a thread which describe what programmers needed to know in the future. Have a look for it. I think it said any .NET language would be a boost so focus on C++.NET



Thanks for the advice, I have played a bit with C# and find it easier and more natural then C++ (Probably because all my experience was in VB).

I think what I am going to do is resist my earge to study C# at least through the summer :) and really concentrate of C++. There doesn't seem to be a downside and may even make learning C# easier.
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Posted 03 May 2009 - 12:56 PM

According to the Tiobe index, Java is #1 and will be for a long time, followed by C and C++.
Tiobe Index
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Re: What language to focus on?

Posted 03 May 2009 - 02:12 PM

View PostKoreos, on 3 May, 2009 - 03:56 PM, said:

...Java is #1 and will be for a long time...


Check out this graph from the same site. Java (at least according to this) has been declining since 2002 when the graph starts.

Anyway, I think a knowledge of both C (C++ if you want to stick with OOP) and Java (maybe C# as well) is the best thing you can do to increase your job possibilities.
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