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How long do I stay using Visual BASIC?

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How long should I stay using Visual BASIC? I''m a long way from mastering it (I don''t think I can even make Pong yet!) but since the REAL programmers use C and C++, I wanna get to use those soon. So do I wait and totally master BASIC, or do I move on to C++ soon? Another question...Should I be working at BASIC skills every day? And how long does it take the average person to master C++? (like 3 yrs?)

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I''ve can''t speak on visual basic as I''ve never used it, always C/C++ or perl for cgi, so dunno what to tell you. As far as C++ is concerned it doesn''t take very long to master the basics of the language, but you can never master it all IMO. There will always be new things to do and try, new libraries to mess with, and what not. If you want to learn C++, just do it, don''t wait. What is the difference in a for or while loop in one language verses another rather than the actual syntax in which you write it?

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I agree with xg0blin that theres no reason to wait with C++.

Since you seem to be relatively new to programing...
the point is that you have to emphasize on learning the principles of programming - no matter what language you use.

I think that one mistake a lot of newbies seem to do is overestimating the need to learn the syntax of a language.

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its never too early to pick up another programming language,
but dont drop the one you''re already learning..
the more programming languages you know the better.. you''ll
soon realize that every programming language is essentially
the same, but with some slight modifications on syntax and
program structure. i personally use C++ and visual basic
in tandem.. i write my games in c++ and usually write most of
my tools in visual basic (unless i need a command line utility,
in which case i''d use c++ for that as well). Very few people
ever master c++, although alot are VERY good at it.
I dont know many people who can seriously say they dont learn
something new about c++ on a semi-regular basis. i''ve been using
c++ since i was 16, and before that i was using C, so it took me
some time to make the change over, but it wasnt too difficult.
like i said, once you get good at one programming language, you''ll
find that other programming languages will become much easier
to learn.

-eldee
;another space monkey;
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quote:
Original post by eldee
[quote]Original post by perkele
I think that one mistake a lot of newbies seem to do is overestimating the need to learn the syntax of a language.


exactly.. thats what compilers and ide''s are for



Yeah... and Copy/Paste :-)

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Visual C++ is merely Microsoft''s C++ IDE and compiler, plus certain Microsoft libraries (including ATL and MFC).

You can use the C++ IDE and compiler for strictly C++ stuff (what it calls "console applications"). After you know C++ fairly well, if you want, you can get into the VC++-specific libraries like MFC.

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