Sorry if a similar question may have come up in the past but after coming from a COBOL / BASIC, 17 year programming background and being off the radar for the last 4 years I am now trying to learn JAVA through an online web course and book.
I am struggling somewhat with the syntax and the whole OOP thing. With two third of the course still to complete and Multi threading, Inheritence and all other
goodies still to confuse me even more I'm just beginning to wonder if I've bitten off more than I can chew.
Basically I am hoping to get back into paid employment as a programmer/developer. I enjoyed my time with COBOL / BASIC and enjoyed the fact that once the key verbs (Keywords) had been learnt then there was not much more learning to be done and so could program merrily away.
I don't know with JAVA, I get the feeling if I eventually understand OOP that there is still loads more to learn and indeed it seems to be a language that there's all sorts of add ons and libraries and routines etc.
I must admit I am a lazy programmer. I just want to learn something quickly and then concentrate on the logic in programming and I'm not interested in continually learning the language to the Nth degree. I'm worried that if I get a JAVA job the routines will be far more complex than a mere beginner would understand anyway.
With that said I am thinking of jumping ship and learning PHP & MYSQL and getting into web programming because it certainly looks easier to read and program ( just by looking at it ) and I hope I'm right in saying is not as complex and you reach a stage where no more learning is needed quicker.
I have the opportunity to change my course in the next week or so to the PHP/MYSQL one so I just wondered if anyone on here could advise if PHP/MYSQL might be a better option considering I am struggling and indeed if the learning curve for PHP/MYSQL is quicker and the plateau of finished learning in PHP/MYSQL is attainable quicker!
Apologies if none of this makes sense, my OBSERVATIONS are based on 2 weeks intensive study so far. I'm at a crossroads. Based in the UK and PHP/MYSQL vacancies are not far behind JAVA ones. So either is good. Please no biased opinions ;-) Thanks for taking the time to read through this and thank you if you are able to offer any opinions on my observations.
PS I'm using an online compiler IDEONE to compile and run the code as the college computers are "locked down."