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    I have a fairly reasonable grasp of SQl but I feel like I should learn a programming language such as Python/java etc. I want to increase my career prospects/more money etc etc. I've signed up at Code Academy. Has anyone got any experience with any of programming languages?

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    They're both good languages to learn. I'd also throw C# into the mix, it's very similar to Java and I personally prefer it to Java now. .NET Core was released which means you can now deploy applications written in C# to non-Windows servers.

    Also working through CodeAcademy courses here. How are you finding it?

    yes

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    CFC2011

    They're both good languages to learn. I'd also throw C# into the mix, … They're both good languages to learn. I'd also throw C# into the mix, it's very similar to Java and I personally prefer it to Java now. .NET Core was released which means you can now deploy applications written in C# to non-Windows servers.



    Yes, C# interests me as well as there appears to be quite a demand for jobs. Did you use another site for C# ?
    miikeyblue

    Also working through CodeAcademy courses here. How are you finding it?


    I've only just signed up so haven't started yet. Which courses are you doing and how is it?

    murtgurge

    yes



    Thanks for your input,

    I'm not sure which employers would hire someone self-taught these days. I'd expect someone to have commercial experience and to have got a decent degree in a relevant discipline, but good luck!

    IamMT

    I'm not sure which employers would hire someone self-taught these days. … I'm not sure which employers would hire someone self-taught these days. I'd expect someone to have commercial experience and to have got a decent degree in a relevant discipline, but good luck!


    I work for an international company specialising in java software dev and none of our staff have a degree in the field, except me and I don't work as a developer for them

    that said everyone has been learning from around the age of 13 and has genuine interest in the field, they didn't just do it hoping to a bump in pay, it's kind of offensive that OP thinks he can do a couple hours on codeacademy and become the next Stroustrup

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    murtgurge

    it's kind of offensive that OP thinks he can do a couple hours on … it's kind of offensive that OP thinks he can do a couple hours on codeacademy and become the next Stroustrup



    Your assumptions about my question say more about you than me.

    davidbrent

    Your assumptions about my question say more about you than me.


    No, it doesn't. You should learn programming because you are interested in programming not because you want a career that pays better. I have worked with, and continue to work with, enough programmers to know that 'I learnt the javas because I want more money' won't get you anywhere.

    'I want to increase my career prospects/more money etc etc.'

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    murtgurge

    No, it doesn't. You should learn programming because you are interested … No, it doesn't. You should learn programming because you are interested in programming not because you want a career that pays better. I have worked with, and continue to work with, enough programmers to know that 'I learnt the javas because I want more money' won't get you anywhere.'I want to increase my career prospects/more money etc etc.'



    Nowhere did I state that I will do "a couple hours on Code Academy and become the next Stroustrup". I'm going to ignore you now.

    davidbrent

    Yes, C# interests me as well as there appears to be quite a demand for … Yes, C# interests me as well as there appears to be quite a demand for jobs. Did you use another site for C# ?



    I already had a solid understanding of Java so the switch to C# was easy - I learned the basics in university and continued personal projects in my spare time.

    That's what I'd recommend for learning - apply you learning to something you enjoy. For example: building a website, creating applications to interact with web services. There's lots of options.

    davidbrent

    Nowhere did I state that I will do "a couple hours on Code Academy and … Nowhere did I state that I will do "a couple hours on Code Academy and become the next Stroustrup". I'm going to ignore you now.



    ​You've essentially stated that. Your reasoning for learning this is simply to enhance career options and get a pay raise. While codeacademy may allow you to learn the absolute basics it will not really benefit your career until you can apply what you've learned to several of your own personal projects and display a genuine passion for learning this. That's likely a year off at least.
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