Re: [ljc] Why Java?

From: Trisha
Sent on: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:35 AM
I got into it because they taught it as the primary language on my
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence degree.  I'd had exposure
to Microsoft technologies during my year in industry (at the time it
was VB and ASP, before .NET) and I preferred Java - partly because I
was more familiar with it, but mostly because I preferred the
type-safety and the way most people actually attempted to write OO
code in Java rather than the spaghetti scripting I saw in VB, even
when it was supposed to represent server-side components.

It took me a while to get the hang of OO after my exposure to BASIC,
VB and Pascal, but once I had my head in that place I wanted to stay
in that space.

Oh yeah, and the money.  I stayed with Java when I saw how many banks
were advertising ridiculous salaries for Java roles in London.

On 26 June[masked]:35, Ben Evans <[address removed]> wrote:
> Simple - money.
>
> In 1998 I was a starving graduate student in the Physics department,
> and had been making some money by tutoring a disabled undergrad Comp
> Sci student.
>
> He was due to start working with a new language called Java, which I
> knew next-to-nothing about, but agreed to learn it in order to stay
> ahead of the class and teach him.
>
> Fortunately, I was also writing a monthly column about tech and the
> Internet for the student newspaper, so I knew a bit about search
> engines. I got so into using one of those search engines, that I
> resolved to write about it for my column - and rang up and spoke to a
> couple of guys who'd worked on the search engine - Larry & Sergey.
>
> Nice guys - I wonder whatever happened to them?
>
> After that, Java was a language that I knew, but it didn't really
> become my primary focus until a few years later when I started working
> in finance.
>
> Ben
>
> On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 9:11 PM, alexander sharma
> <[address removed]> wrote:
>> Hi
>>
>> I wanted to ask why so many people decided to work with Java.
>> What started their interest in Java. In my case one of the main reasons was
>> because
>> most jobs are in java and the pay is better than for php for example
>> creating a "safety" net when looking for a job, but recently I have started
>> working with python and realized that the code is much easier to read.
>>
>> Basically I wanted to know why different people choose Java as their main
>> language.
>>
>> Technical reasons, code readability, have they tried and compared other
>> languages, what are their backgrounds.
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>>
>>
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