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Computer Science

MathFunMathFun Posts: 109Registered User Junior Member
Is it more useful to learn how to program in C/C++ or Java? What is the difference?
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  • GandhijiGandhiji Posts: 713Registered User Member
    I started with C++ which alot of people think is bad..(dont ask) Java is pretty much the standard lang being taught in schools so start with that first.

    I dont know much about Java so I cant tell you many differences. However I do know that Java has automated garbage collection while
    C++ doesnt.

    The two languages are very similar though. Once you learn one, the other will be really easy to learn.
  • sagar_indurkhyasagar_indurkhya Posts: 1,491Registered User Senior Member
    There is a hidden catch to learning java before C++. If you learn Java, you will go along quicker, but:

    A) Your code won't be too fast, so don't be planning to write very computationally heavy programs.

    B) You need to pay very close attention to references, and their relationship to pointers.

    If you start with C++:

    A) Sharp learning curve, but most scientific programs are written in C/C++, and you will have very speed programs indeed.
    B) It is easy to develop bad programming habits, and become ignorant to the correct way of doing things. For example, developing your own list class rather than using the STL's implementation.

    Benefits of Java:

    A) Automated Garbage collection
    B) Huge API to work with
    C) Applets
    D) Not any complicated pointer stuff

    Benefits of C/C++
    A) Very fast code(depending on how you write it of course ;) )
    B) More support for science/math related projects.
    C) Used in many computationally expensive fields.
    D) Once you go through it properly, you will have a very deep and thorough understanding of how a computer works. You will also gain the ability to cut through other folk's BS on how stuff(programming related) works.
  • MathFunMathFun Posts: 109Registered User Junior Member
    Would you consider computer science as a science, as a math, or as something different?

    Thank you sagar_indurkhya for your explanations.
  • River PhoenixRiver Phoenix Posts: 731Registered User Member
    I suggest Java, or maybe C#, because they are designed for object oriented programming and have other features.
  • sagar_indurkhyasagar_indurkhya Posts: 1,491Registered User Senior Member
    C++ also supports OOP, although not as purely as Java or C#.

    I would consider Computer Science to be a branch of mathematics.
  • goddess32585goddess32585 Posts: 301Registered User Junior Member
    cs = math
    programming = engineering
  • GandhijiGandhiji Posts: 713Registered User Member
    yup CS= MATH
    and uh... River Phoenix: I would disagree with starting off with C#. Its a bit old now comapared with other languages.

    Another one I forgot to mention earlier is Python. www.python.org Its very easy to learn and the language structure is very similar to C++. I strongly reccomend this also
  • River PhoenixRiver Phoenix Posts: 731Registered User Member
    :P How is C# old? I think you're confuddled
  • GandhijiGandhiji Posts: 713Registered User Member
    idk lol but def. not a good begineer language.
  • sagar_indurkhyasagar_indurkhya Posts: 1,491Registered User Senior Member
    Gandhiji(you've gotta get another s/n, its really ackward calling you that), I've gotta side with River on this one. C# is a pretty new language, newer than Java, C/C++, VB, etc. It is also one of the best languages for a beginner to learn, as it allows you to easily mixandmash with C++ later on.
  • GandhijiGandhiji Posts: 713Registered User Member
    sagar: :( sorry about my sn lol. well I heard from other people that C# wasnt a good beginner lagnuage and maybe im wrong but I found other languages like Python and Java simpler. Also most high schools dont teach C# so that was kinda my reason...
    MathFun: Learn any language you want lol.
  • River PhoenixRiver Phoenix Posts: 731Registered User Member
    C# is C++ with all of the Java features added in, plus more features added in. So it has C++ syntax, and is more advanced than Java even is (uses a virtual machine too). It depends what kind of programming you want to learn. You want to do applications programming, I definitely recommend C#. If you want to learn algorithms or that sort of programming, try C++ or something like Perl. Or even MIT Scheme. I would stay away from Python, myself.
  • HriundeliHriundeli Posts: 719Registered User Member
    I think you should start with C#
    Beside the fact that it's easier (relatiely) than java or C++, if you take AP comp sci, it would be easier to get 5 on the test, and then you would be able able to say that you know at least 2 languages: C# and java (which definately cant hurt you) :)
  • sagar_indurkhyasagar_indurkhya Posts: 1,491Registered User Senior Member
    Don't learn languages to put it down on your resume. My dad has told me often, that people will put down every programming language(all the major ones) under experience, and just quickly read up on them the day before the interview.

    Also, programming should not be confused with software engineering.
  • tokenadulttokenadult Posts: 17,472Super Moderator Senior Member
    Try this link


    for a definition of what computer science is, and plenty of tips about what to study in what order.
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