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Consensus on which Languages to learn.

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Quiggy    122
Hi there! Just wondering if I can get a consensus from some people who work in the programming (Not particularily game programming) industry. First a bit o'' history... About 4-5 years ago I was a programmer mainly doing Delphi and some Unify Accell stuff for Unix. Then I decided to quit this nice comfortable job, pack my stuff up and move to another city and go to school where I learned all about 3D graphics and special effects. Well, the FX industry hasn''t treated me very well, so I''m trying to get back into programming. Problem is, that I''ve been out of the programming scene for quite a while now and nobody wants my skills. So... I''ve decided to go back to school part time and try to update my programming skills with the newest languages. My problem is that I''m not exactly sure which ones I should be learning. I''m learning C++ on my own, but I have found through quite a bit of cold calling that alot of companies don''t really use this as it takes to long to develop in. VB seems to be used alot as does JAVA. But I''d like to get a broader consensus and thats why I''m posting this question. Ok, so to finally get to my point, what do you suggest I learn? What in your opionion will I have more success with in landing a job? Java, VB, C++, others? I will continue learning C++ on my own no matter what. Any insight would be appreciated.

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wild_pointer    291
C/C++ is still the standard as far as I know. Java, C#, and VB are also very marketable. Take a look on something like monster and see what the interesting looking jobs are asking for.



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Zxylin    122
I recently acquired a(nother) 2 year college diploma and have found that unless you have a degree, your best bets for business application programming right now are VB6, Java and pretty soon VB.NET/C# in Canada. In the US its a bit different in that a diploma doesn''t usually cut it and there''s more use of C++. At least that''s what I''ve been able to glean from the job ads in the local paper and on Monster. Note that its usually VB6 OR Java, not both.

Other skills that are also useful are knowledge of UML and the Iterative process, SQL with SQL Server 2000 and sometimes Access (and Office).




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Fratt    122
it depends on what sort of program you want to make. for simple apps, Delphi, VB, C# could be good.

If you want to make larger programs, or bigger, faster, and you want your prog to behave like you want, just use C or C++.
People are reluctant to learn these languages because they are languages and not script languages: you don''t do only if then else while, but you manage many things on your own.

hope this helps

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