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bored of Pick... :(


I work as a Developer in the UK for a builders merchant called Travis Perkins (TP) using a language called "Data Basic" (Pick) which is freakin' old (early 70s). I started as a trainee at TP, having no prior programming skill in any language (save for some tinkering in VB) and have been at it for 2 and a bit years. They still use this language for everything because it is so heavily integrated into the system.
To be honest, I'd love to get into something else but my job is pretty sweet so I don't want to jack it in. I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a guy looking to learn a more useful language. I was thinking Java would be a good start but without some sort of direction I feel I'll just get lost...

any tips, help, mini-projects would be appreciated... I'm just so f'ing bored of Pick

Java is a great start.  It is not only similar to C/ C++ (which should be your ultimate goal in order to make yourself competitive as a developer), but Java is the main language mobile apps are being written in (which is a great way to make a little money while enjoying your hobbie).  Once you are comfortable with object-oriented programming and syntax that Java provides in a somewhat higher-level, I would then recommend looking at C/ C++.  Having a foundation in C/ C++ and Java (and possibly C#, which is similar to Java) is, in my opinion, going to be almost a requirement for developers in the future if they want to remain competitive, as multi-platform smart-devices become even more entrenched into daily life.

I better dust off my old Absolute Java text book and pull my finger out then!

It's slow going. Get home from work and pick up the book and read.
Learning the basics still, but I'm picking up speed as I better understand it.

I'll let you know when I finish the book and actually start writing something of my own!


It helps knowing that at some point I will be able to apply the knowledge to Android Apps :D


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