Should I learn Visual Basic or Java First? I’ve heard that Visual Basic is easier to
learn if you work with Cobol. That’s a planet off the Battlestar Galactica
show. It’s also a programming language. Does that make learning Visual Basic moot? VB isn’t moot. VB.NET is the Visual Basic
language on a .net infrastructure. Which programming language should I learn?
I need to make a selection for my course schedule. Visual Basic is easier to learn, because its
syntax is simpler. That’s a strong plus. Unfortunately, Java is used almost everywhere.
So if you plan on doing coding in the real world, you need to know Java. I’ve heard jokes that VB.net is a joke in
and of itself. That’s because VB.NET is evolving to be closer
to C than anything else. Would it be hard to learn C if I learn Java? Java and C are closer to each other, so learning
Java won’t make it harder to learn C. And then there are people who would learn Java
just to avoid being stuck on the Windows platform. Objective C is even used in iPhone development. It is only used on iPhone development. If VB is hardly ever used, why do they teach
it? Have you ever heard of tenure? There are schools
teaching VB because there are still professors who learned Basic and now teach VB to stay
relevant. That’s like learning Latin. There are still schools teaching Latin. But unless you are a priest, no one has to
know Latin. Learning the programming equivalent is a dead end for my career before it even
starts. I was going to say that was Lisp, because
VB.net is still used by Microsoft, so you could find a job in that. Java looks better on my resume. It won’t
hurt me with MS gurus, but it will look bad to a lot of other developers if that’s all
I can list on my resume.