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I'm currently a computer science student and I have just finished my first few classes. I have a good understanding of inheritance, polymorphism, data structures and other basic programming concepts and how to utilize them in java.

I have not learned anything regarding GUI. I'm currently in a lot of theory classes that seem to have little practical application and I'm wondering how I should progress in my free time.

Ideally I would like to do game programming but I'm worried that investing a lot of time learning it in java would be a waste when I could just learn c++ and then go from there. I have several books about game programming but they are all in c++. I plan on learning both languages thoroughly but I switched to cs as a junior and I have a heavy course load to try and catch up so my time is limited and precious.

So would it be more beneficial to stick with java and learn more advanced concepts or begin learning c++?

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I'm currently a computer science student and I have just finished my first few classes.
1. I'm currently in a lot of theory classes that seem to have little practical application
2. I'm worried that investing a lot of time learning it in java would be a waste
3. So would it be more beneficial to stick with java and learn more advanced concepts or begin learning c++?

1. You'd better study hard in those classes. They are more important than you think.
2. Read http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson51.htm
3. Read http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson52.htm


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Whilst languages are very different, learning one still adds to your "general programming" knowledge. This carries over to other languages. E.g it is easier to learn C++ after leaning another language than it is from scratch (IMO of course). I don't think learning any language is a waste.

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