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Decided to get back into Java, but staying on this language.....but there is more  RSS feed

 
william chaple
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Well, my previous posts, I have concluded web was my favorite path, but I have decided to stick to Java and get better at it, to improve logic and how I handle code. I was wondering if this is a good move, to focus on Java (primarily simple java files in netbeans IDE) also, would it still be wise to stick to java when it comes to apply for a job, perhaps next year, as an entry level developer, not just for java, but any language the company requires. Ive heard companies just look for people who know how to program and just switch them to the language they use since they know the logic.

Ideas? Ive mostly been doing PHP, CSS, SQL, and now back on java.
 
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I'd say it would definitely be better to have a solid understanding of programming than to slavishly devote yourself to a single language. You can then pick up Javascript, Python, C#, or even C and C++. The more flexible you are the more employable you'll be. That doesn't necessarily mean learning all of the languages now just in case you need them. If you have a solid understanding then you should be able to teach yourself other languages at a later date as required.
 
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Thanks for the reply!

Wait, so it's better NOT to stick to just java? Sorry maybe I have a misconception =(
Or its a good idea to have a keen understanding of the concept, Java, and when I get better at programming, move to other languages?

But bad idea to just stick to java, because that wont make me flexible?
 
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william chaple wrote:
Thanks for the reply!

Wait, so it's better NOT to stick to just java? Sorry maybe I have a misconception =(
Or its a good idea to have a keen understanding of the concept, Java, and when I get better at programming, move to other languages?

But bad idea to just stick to java, because that wont make me flexible?


In my opinion it's better to have a solid understanding of the principles of programming and software engineering. If you have that then you should be able to pick up languages as and when they are required. There's nothing wrong with specialising in Java, but projects often using multiple different technologies. For example my current project using Python, SQL, bash scripts etc.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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