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Thread: Does Java have a Long Term future ?

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    Default Does Java have a Long Term future ?

    Is it possible i am wasting my time learning Java ?

    What I mean is..... Is there a genuine possiblity that in a couple of years time, the demand for Java could decline significantly and other languages become more desireable and more in demand ?

    Appreciate your opinions.

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    Default Re: Does Java have a Long Term future ?

    My crystal ball is out at the cleaners, but you could flip coins to see which language will last and which won't. Most folks who guess at this sort of stuff are wrong, but one thing you can say with certainty is
    • that there is a huge code base of Java out there, and someone will need to maintain
    • No professional programmer will learn just one language.
    • That the exercise of learning any language, be it Java, Lisp, or BrainF**k, will give one knowledge that can be applied to the next language you learn.

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    I doubt that Java is going away anytime soon, it's the primary development language of the Android platform and it has major corporate support from many different companies. It also has a long history, meaning that there is a large existing code base as well as a large community. It's a fairly common language taught in many lower-level college and university classes because it's relatively easy to learn while encouraging good programming practices. It's also a great spring-board language, it was influenced by and influences a large number of other languages.

    I would encourage you to learn many languages over your programming career. This is probably a much better way to make yourself desirable to companies than focusing on any one "best" language. Languages are tools and some are better for certain tasks than others, and vise-versa. A good programmer/computer scientist uses the correct tool for different situations.

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