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Diton9000

learning both java and c++

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Unlikely. I know they are both similar, but I have never heard of an issue where somebody has had problems with knowing both. I mean, if anything, it will help in learning one, if you know the other, cause they coding style is so similar.

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I use C++ at home for whatever needs be, but I also take AP Computer Science which means I have to use Java at school. If you don't continue to use C++ for a while but continually use Java at school you may get mixed up a little bit once you return. Last year I had to use BASIC in school and accidentally typed "print" instead of "cout" in my C++ project a few times [rolleyes].

It's nothing big though, Java won't override your C++ knowledge or anything. There are plenty of people who know C/C++/Java/C#, which are pretty similar syntatically. Besides, taking AP courses is good for your transcript! Don't worry about it [smile].

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Learning more languages is a Good Thing because it expands your horizons about how things can be done. It gives you a bigger toolbox, and more perspective. If you get the option to learn LISP or Scheme at some point, I'd suggest you go for it. A good understanding of assembly language would also round out your profile :-)

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An AP course in java is a joke, if you put a little time into java you will master it and the class will be a free grade. It's a simple language with easy syntax, everything done in java is through the API so you dont have to do any work because there is always a class made that will do all the work for you.
Although C++ is like that mostly, the java API is more noob friendly and easy to use. Personally, I think java is simpler because of the fact you dont have to deal with pointers, everything is an object in java, and its much easier to manage memory in java than in C++.

It's a good language because it doesnt need to be ported, and in some rare instances java is the language of choice for software, such as multiplayer applets and networked apps.

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