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Old 11-03-2003, 04:40 PM   #1
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which language?


Hi there,

I have decided that i am going to start programming again, i used to be a good C programmer, however due to ill health I stopped programming and haven't written a line of code in >5 years.

now my problem is, as i haven't written any code in SOOO long, what shall i start programming in? If i started coding C again i recon i'd pick it up pretty quick. Otherwise i could start afresh and maybe learn C++ or Java maybe which would take longer.

i'm also very new to linux therefore i don't know any of the pro's / cons of newer languages, i'm not even sure what these are

Could someone point me in a direction where i could asess the options, and work out what is right for me? is there still a future in C?

eventually i would like to work on a project, though as this will be some way off i haven't really thought about it

thanks for any advice
Mike
 
Old 11-03-2003, 04:47 PM   #2
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C is well. I think it's a good idea for you to start coding C again first. You know it, so it'll be fast. Then you can move to C++ or Java (similar syntax, knowing C they are rather easy), or maybe to Python, Perl or PHP (syntax similar to C).
 
Old 11-03-2003, 05:03 PM   #3
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thanks for your speedy response

i guess i was hoping for this answer i was just worried that C is dead, or dying. when i look in job pages etc... i never see people wanting C programmers. again i'm not after a new job just yet, but i think it reflects the industry to an extent.
 
Old 11-03-2003, 11:31 PM   #4
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Like Mara mentioned, you won't have problems getting back on your feet in C. Then move on to C++ or Java. Or check out Python or Ruby.
 
Old 11-04-2003, 09:44 AM   #5
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Python or perl, etc. are intermediate level languages. The syntax is somewhat C like. You are better off knowing some C, one of the intermediate languages, and some shell scripting.

Generally:
if you can't do it in shell script then
if you can't do it in (python, perl, or whatever)
use C.

The reason is that C is usually 10 times as much work as shell scripting, and can be interesting to debug. So, it's generally regarded as a last resort that can do aboslutely anything.
 
  


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