For the background part:
I'm newly laid off and after over 15 years in pc and network support I decided it's time to do what ever it takes to make the switch I've always dreamed of. I'm giving myself 6 to 9 months to break in to at the minimum an entry level or even internship level programming position.
With that short of a time frame to work with my current plan is to grind through the best books I can get my hands on with my current choices of C++, C# and Java as my goal.
I got my hands on a slick (semi?) smart phone and have the OS opened up now for a test platform and I want to pursue Java especially for the mobile app market, C# for the OS business area saturation, and C++ was a good starting point to get restarted based on my past C classes that I did really well in.
As I'm working more of this out in my head right now I'm thinking it might be good to pick two, after finishing up my current C++ class. Focusing on C# and Java for the next few months and blasting my way through as far as I can get on two (which seem like solid choices to me at the moment) would probably see me a lot further ahead than trying to keep all 3 rolling.
So if you've made it this far, any advice you have beyond your opinion of learning more than one language at a time would be appreciated in the utmost. I'm begging here for anyone with an opinion or advice to share. Without getting too much more personal or sappy, looking at the state of the economy and job prospects, and having a family with a couple of kids - things are kind of scary out there and I think your opinions will help with decisions that will see me further ahead in the end.
This post has been edited by badjava: 05 December 2008 - 09:09 AM