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Old Jan 29th, 2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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Noob here. I'm currently taking a C certification course at the University of Washington. I would eventually like to learn Java. After I complete my C certification, should I move to C++ THEN Java or should I just jump to Java?
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Old Jan 29th, 2009, 11:19 PM   #2
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Most people here will recommend you don't even take a look at Java,

Why do you want to jump to Java? What's the reason for that? What is it about Java that makes you want to learn it as opposed to say, C# or C++ or...
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Old Jan 29th, 2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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Most people here will recommend you don't even take a look at Java,

Why do you want to jump to Java? What's the reason for that? What is it about Java that makes you want to learn it as opposed to say, C# or C++ or...
The company I work for is a Java shop. If it weren't for that, I would not hesitate to jump into C++.

What does Java lack that other languages can provide?
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 2:16 AM   #4
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Why are you focusing on language certifications? IMHO, they're usually not as valuable as a 4 year degree, and usually work experience will be more valuable.
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Neither I nor my employers would ever consider a certification to be a sign of a qualified candidate. In fact, if I had to hire a developer and all I knew was that one had listed certifications on his resume, I'd pick the other one.

The best thing for your resume is to do independent projects that you can show to people.
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 2:29 AM   #6
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I'm not getting a certification to say I'm certified. I'm getting a certification to learn.

Peace, I'm out!
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If you're just going through the cert programs to learn, I'd say jump onto whichever language you think will be most useful to you. If you're in a Java shop and need to ramp up, do some Java programming. If you're already comfortable there, try C++. If you want to try something else, pick a language and give it a go for a little while.
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The company I work for is a Java shop. If it weren't for that, I would not hesitate to jump into C++.

What does Java lack that other languages can provide?
Know the feeling, in that case I'd jump straight to Java, no real point confusing yourself with C++, while Java has it's issues, so does C++ and if you NEED to use Java I'd go straight to Java.
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