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    Just wondering which language is better to start learning first. I know a little C++ but a friend told me I'd be better off learning Java. Any thoughts on this? Just by my nature, I will end up learning both (I am sort of a have-to-learn-everything kind of guy), but which do I start with?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Great White
    Just wondering which language is better to start learning first. I know a little C++ but a friend told me I'd be better off learning Java. Any thoughts on this? Just by my nature, I will end up learning both (I am sort of a have-to-learn-everything kind of guy), but which do I start with?
    Neither, start with C.

    LosT

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Great White
      Just wondering which language is better to start learning first.
      (brief)

      "Necessity and ambition are drivers to mastery of skills."

      Ask yourself, "what language will best let me make programs I need on my present platform?" Choose to go with that language. (Only you know your needs.)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Great White
        Just wondering which language is better to start learning first. I know a little C++ but a friend told me I'd be better off learning Java. Any thoughts on this? Just by my nature, I will end up learning both (I am sort of a have-to-learn-everything kind of guy), but which do I start with?
        C/C++ definitely. Some books I recommend are:

        C: A Book on C
        Authors: Al Kelley, Ira Pohl
        ISBN: 0-8053-6860-4

        It's a rather old book... check half.com for it. You should be able to get it for a few bucks.

        C++: The C++ Programming Language
        Author: Bjarne Stroustrup
        ISBN: 0-201-88954-4
        You're either on my side or else you're in the way.

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        • #5
          Java is an abominable language with a condemnable design.
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          45 5F E1 04 22 CA 29 C4 93 3F 95 05 2B 79 2A B1
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          • #6
            Originally posted by bascule
            Java is an abominable language with a condemnable design.
            Amen! Preach it, brother Bascule.
            the fresh princess of 1338

            What did I do to make you think I give a shit?

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