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Recently @hipertracker wrote that I do not know Java, with sadness I
must write that he may be right...
At university I staudied mostly C++ strictly academicaly, then I wrote
some Java and C# projects and in last year I choose Java, particuary
JavaFX for my B.Sc.
With knowledge of C++ I was able to read one short book about JSE, and
one about Servlets to start coding. By now I think that ther is no way
to continue my journey without any *good* book about Java. Thats my
conclusion. So what do you recommend?
And I still think my tests were quite good, maybe except java, but I
know that in first place becouse It was too fast for me. But for my
simple test I have about 60% of confidence that: Java and Scala in
speed are similar(linear problems), Groovy is slow.
I was reading a book about Groovy: Pragmatic Groovy about 2 months, I
was a good book. If anyone is interested in Groovy I can recommend it.
But if you find something newer it will be even better ;) I will
abort Groovy, why? The need of pragmatic thinking... Out there are
jobs mostly for: Java, C#, PHP, C++. I think that I will choose first
three and maybe one functional(or with at least with closures), but
rather for fun and learning. This can be one from: Scala, Clojure,
Ruby, Python.
So for now I must read some good Java and PHP books.Recommendations
are welcome. It can be in Polish or English.

And more trivial: Today I installed Pidgin, Digsby become too slow for
me. Sory Digsby.
If anyone has comment about my language conclusions feel free to comment.
I think that Java/PHP and C# in near future are now best choices.
And as I know about AGH mostly students can choose language for
writing projects, but sometimes they can't. Especially when my friend
wants to write in PHP ;) So at least some knowlede of C# can be useful


  1. I'd recommend Clojure or F# (functional languages) which should make your programming life look different (I'm still wrapping my head around the functional concepts). If you don't have much time, Groovy or Scala will do too. They're as much OO and functional programming languages as they could afford and they're still on JVM (with their clones for .Net platform). It looks Scala does slightly better in terms of user base so be your own judge to pick the right language for your MSc. Somehow I don't think JavaFX will do (perhaps because I haven't written any code in it yet).

  2. thank you for drawing my attention to this. Scala Clojure or F# can be interesting languages for writing M.Sc. But I am planning studies in next year, so for now I think more about language to get well-paid job. This is why I think more about PHP and Java. Is this a good choice?

  3. Both Scala and Clojure are worth learning in my opinion. Each of them brings many interesting features and makes you think different ;)

  4. If I only find time for them, maybe at least I will read about Scala. :)


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