anonymous
  • anonymous
I am working on software testing for the past 8 years, i have plans to shift career onto programming. Which is the best programming language to learn? I need to start from the basics as i have lost touch after my graduation. Please advice
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jagatuba
  • jagatuba
C is going to give you a good foundation that you can build from since C and it's dirivatives seem to dominate the field. But it's really going to depend on where/who you plan on working for. If you are planning on transitioning at the company that you have been testing for, learn whatever language they use.
Saisaith
  • Saisaith
I've been working for several years in IS for a small company that gets hired out to do specific programming work for other companies. Currently I am working with a distributing company that wants everything in as400 (warehouse) and C (In office). I have found that in California the majority of the companies I go to on the coast, ranging from SF/LA/SD, I deal a lot with Java and VB, while in the valley areas I deal with C. I personally believe that Java will lead the world but who knows :)
rsmith6559
  • rsmith6559
Java is a neat language in several ways, but it won't work for some/many things. Java byte compiles. It still needs run-time interpretation, which limits it's speed. C and C++ compile into executable code which runs many times faster, so although they're more difficult to program, there're problems that only they can handle efficiently.

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blurbendy
  • blurbendy
one benefit with java is that it can run cross-platform, which is very handy (if there exists a JVM, of course)
anonymous
  • anonymous
Thanks everyone for responses. I saw a course which speaks about introduction to computer programming using PYTHON. Should i take up this course, will it help me?
anonymous
  • anonymous
Most languages are pretty easily transferable so you could learn to program with python which is a pretty straight forward language. Then you could, if you wanted, learn a new language, the concepts should basically be the same the largest difference will be the syntax of the language.

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