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  1. #1
    JonW Guest

    Java, .NET or C++


    All,

    I have discussed this issue with several individuals. I was wondering if
    anyone would like to share his/her thoughts on which skill is best to add
    to one's resume assuming extensive experience with Visual Basic (7 years)
    and Visual C++ (2 years).

    To me, it seems like Java is a difficult fit. It is not a difficult language
    to learn. However, it seems many of the opportunities lie in the UNIX arena.
    (I joyfully left it 7 years ago! :-) )

    As for .NET, you have to ask how fast it will be adopted. For example, in
    the first year, will 20% of the MS shops move to .NET? In year two, an additional
    20%? It seems like it will take a while to build up to the current VB 6 &
    VB 7 levels.


    Finally, Standard C++ seems like a clear winner. If one spends a lot of time
    truly mastering it, it seems like that skill will be useful for the next
    five years or so. This seems to be a big selling point; it has a high barrier
    of entry. It seems like there are not a lot of C++ masters out there. Also,
    it gives one a lot of flexibility to move between programming environments
    - Visual C++, C++ Builder....

    Does anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks,

    JonW

  2. #2
    JonW Guest

    Re: Java, .NET or C++


    >>It seems like it will take a while to build up to the current VB 6 & VB

    7 levels.

    It should read VB 6 and VC++ 6.

    JonW





  3. #3
    .netGuy Guest

    Re: Java, .NET or C++


    IMHO, standard C++, will not be the choice, as it isn't at the moment. It
    isn't very productive, because it isn't quick enough to write programs. Java
    is good, but I prefer to stick on MS technologies and tools.
    I'm going to .NET (see my nick :-) and I'm going to study it as hard as possibile
    for the next period, to be ready when most companies will switch. In the
    meanwhile, I have solid knowledge of VB like you, so we can keep on working
    with VB. Today VB apps are not going to be re-written within few days/month,
    so VB is still THE choice for the MS world.
    I go for .NET also because M$ and 3rd party companies (Corel and an other
    from Australia, but I can't remember that name) are going to port the entire
    platform on Linux/unix. Sure, not within months, it will take proably a few
    years to have a complete and stable environment, but I don't think M$ is
    going to invest billions of $ and energies to work on something that won't
    have a great success. If they are writing a platform that will run on Window
    and Linux, well, I believe it, and I'm exited about it!!!

    - .netGuy




    "JonW" <nomail@nomail.com> wrote:
    >
    >All,
    >
    >I have discussed this issue with several individuals. I was wondering if
    >anyone would like to share his/her thoughts on which skill is best to add
    >to one's resume assuming extensive experience with Visual Basic (7 years)
    >and Visual C++ (2 years).
    >
    >To me, it seems like Java is a difficult fit. It is not a difficult language
    >to learn. However, it seems many of the opportunities lie in the UNIX arena.
    >(I joyfully left it 7 years ago! :-) )
    >
    >As for .NET, you have to ask how fast it will be adopted. For example, in
    >the first year, will 20% of the MS shops move to .NET? In year two, an additional
    >20%? It seems like it will take a while to build up to the current VB 6

    &
    >VB 7 levels.
    >
    >
    >Finally, Standard C++ seems like a clear winner. If one spends a lot of

    time
    >truly mastering it, it seems like that skill will be useful for the next
    >five years or so. This seems to be a big selling point; it has a high barrier
    >of entry. It seems like there are not a lot of C++ masters out there. Also,
    >it gives one a lot of flexibility to move between programming environments
    >- Visual C++, C++ Builder....
    >
    >Does anyone have any thoughts?
    >
    >Thanks,
    >
    >JonW



  4. #4
    David K. Guest

    Re: Java, .NET or C++


    JonW:

    I think that C++ is a great language to have under your belt. Besides being
    useful in a lot of areas that Java/VB/.Net isn't, it is easy to transition
    from C++ to other languages should the need arise. As somebody who learned
    C++ before Java, I found that it didn't take a lot of effort to learn Java
    with a C++ background. Many things that you have to worry about in C++ are
    taken care of for you in Java.

    Right now, I am learning C#, and I am finding that knowing C++ and Java makes
    learning C# fairly straightforward.


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