i have been working on my class schedule for next year. i plan to take 2nd quarter of VB in fall and 1st quarter of C++ in winter. i have scheduled 12 credit hours each term. i really should take two quarters of cobol also but i dont want more work and i think it could be a bad idea learning two languages at once. especially since i do not like cobol already.
I think it might be tough learning two languages with similar syntax or other features, at the same time. But Cobol? I think there's relatively little danger you'll confuse it with any other language. :roll: I wouldn't worry too much about it.
I learned COBOL and Java at the same time. COBOL is a really easy language to pick up. IMHO I think COBOL should be the first language anyone learns because it is really easy to concentrate on the logic because the language itself is so easy.
It can be confusing, but not impossible. I was taking a Java class, writing ASP code at work, then studying for Oracle Application Developer exams in the evening, it can be a bit confusing at times, but that's what debugging and troubleshooting are for!
I remember taking COBOL, RPG400, and CL programming at the same time as taking DB/2 database administration I thought it would be easier, and strategically planned my curriculum so that I would be dealing with all AS/400 OS courses. It was more of pain remembering which topics fit into each class than it was helpful! Funny enough, my other course was Object Oriented Analysis and Design!