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Should I continue learning Java 8?

 
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With Java 13 in use and the early releases of 14 and 15 ostensibly available to work with (I didn't try to download them so I'm not sure where they stand as far as usefulness), should I continue to learn Java 8?  

Is it still in popular use outside of maintaining legacy programs?

Is it a waste of time to learn 8 and begin building things with it?

My goal is to get a job in Java development and I have an older book I am working from (bought in 2015/2016)
 
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Christian,
Most bit companies are sticking to the LTS (long term support) versions of Java. So they will go from 8 to 11 to 17. A lot of places are on 8 now and looking to move to 11 in the next year or two.

Regardless, knowing Java 8 well positions you well. You can always learn the Java 9/10/11 new features. The base of the language is what is most important. Also, keep in mind that with releases every 6 months, the versions of Java 10+ aren't that different from each other.
 
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Christian Antfeld wrote:. . . should I continue to learn Java 8?  . . .

Yes. I agree with Jeanne.

Learn the features of Java8 and then add the features of Java11+ ot what you know.
 
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There are so many new versions available. As softwares are getting upgrade to new features, they need newer version mostly.
So go with new version but don't forget older version also because most of softwares are already developed with the older version only.
 
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