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will java become the next big language?

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Hey, I was just wondering what you think about Java and how far its gonna go. My teacher says that Java is the next big thing and will replace C++, does this mean that it will invade the game industry too? Does Java have anything that C++ can''t do?

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Time to get a new teacher. C++ is here to stay. Languages never die, people do.

-me

BTW, Java has been out for a long time. How long does your teacher think it will become the next big thing? When all of the college grads who learn Java enter the industry and the C++ guys retire?

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I HOPE Java doesn''t invade the games industry. There is nothing it can do that C++ can''t (well except that applet thing). Plus it is a lot slower. I suppose the fact that is platform independant is a good thing, but this does mean that the JVM has to be installed on the machine to be able to run the program.

So my answer is, Java is (and will be) used for web browser based games, but I doubt it will be used for much else in the games industry.

I find most teachers/lecturers like to talk about new things that will be great. Usually they are wrong .

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I am hoping my lecturers are not veiwing this...
Lecturers are lecturors for reason. Those who can, Do. Those who can''t, teach. If they were the best, surely they be doing.
Please forgive any offence i cause, i dont normally bitch!

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Unless you are flat out determined that game development is all you are going to do in your career, I suppose some of the comments against Java might carry some weight (in today''s industry).

If you are asking about Java because you plan on pursuing a career in programming for business related apps, Java is a very valuable language to know. There are many reasons to use Java over C++ in business, but the #1 reason to me is application development times. It''s for this reason that Visual Basic is also a popular business language.

Now, do I think Java will make it into the games industry? Sure I do. It''s just a matter of time before Java has the capabilities needed to satisfy hard code game developers. And when it does, watch out. It will be used by many. I don''t believe it will take over, but it will get a good market share. The reason, to save time! If a game shop can crank out the same quality of game in half the time, they will do it. That''s because it affects the bottom line.

As I tell everyone else, if something interests you, learn it. If you think it will be useful later on, learn it. If you want to make money, learn it. And this applies to more than just programming languages.

borngamer

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