Originally Posted by YoungIT
My Girlfriends dad is a System Analyst, and he programs in Cobol, NetFramework and all the C languages. The one thing he never touches is Visual Basic or Visual Basic Advanced
the trouble with that statement is that
for every one person that says that they are/know a system analyst who programs in COBOL there will be ten who program in C and 20 who program in VB
and 50 who program in Java.
Visual basic has it's place and is still widely used, it's a rapid application development language, lots and lots of businesses are using it...
A few years ago I worked in a software house, where 20 people were turning over something like 1 million a year programming in VB
The place I work now has a software division mostly programming Java, they turn over less per head, (though the software division is over seas) with something like 40 million but nearly a thousand coders doing that.
(e.g whilst you may consider VB
some kind of scummy half bred spawn of MS language, it's ten grand (in GB pounds, more in US dollars) more profitable per developer per year than the arguably more "real" Java language. (that doesn't account for inflation either.)
in answer to the original question...
it depends what you intend to do....
if you intend to make your millions programming applications that run on android then start specialising in Java.
if you want to write fast turn around generic looking "business" software, then get proficient in VB
if you want to write software for embedded systems then you might find that C is the best choice.
Overall though whilst you're still in college it's not a good idea to specialise, Ideally you should seek knowledge of the fundamentals. and get a broad and rounded view of all the languages that you can see.
the simple reason for this is that you don't know what the next big thing in software is going to be, you also don't know where you'll be working when you finish your education.