What languages should I really be learning?

Michael Poetz

I'm currently learning Java simply because that seemed to be the language to go to if your just getting started, but I've often wondered where that will bring me, and also if i will even be doing much Java when I get (if I get) to where i want to be later. I'm interested in basically anything desktop. Right now I don't see much java in the desktop world so what I really want to ask is if this is where I should really start, or should I learn something else, and what languages after that? Is the whole desktop thing really coming to an end, or are the desktops going to move to the web apps and web languages in the future?

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jimlynch
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Hmmm. Well one thing you might want to do is check current job listings to see what languages people are looking for in the particular career area you want to enter. Check monster.com, simply hired, dice and other sites to see what employers are looking for.

This will give you an idea of what you might want to do. It's always a good idea to see what's in demand in the marketplace before you make any decisions on what to learn. It could save you a lot of time later on.

afinch
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Hi Michael,

Here's another thread on the topic with some additional thoughts:
http://www.itworld.com/answers/topic/software/question/whats-most-demand...

Here's an overview of most popular programming languages posted in November 2011 basd on feedback from one community:
http://www.itworld.com/software/202597/objective-c-c-d-language-winners-...

And the current ranking today:
http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html

I hope this helps. Seems like you're going in the right direction.

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