I have finally decided to start learning Java. I've been programming for quite the number of years; however, its always been on and off as I become discouraged after some time. My primary language of focus has always been C++, so I have a feeling that changing it up will keep me motivated and will teach me to become a better software engineer.
I am currently attending DeVry for the next two weeks, and then I'm officially dropping out of that school :P. I've decided to instead attend a local university to obtain my Bachelors/Masters degree in Software Engineering, and afterwards I will get my PhD in Computer Science. I'm very excited to transfer to a... well, for lack of a better word, real school.
Anyways, I look forward to meeting all of you. Hopefully my prospective issues are not too much of a bother to anyone. :(handshake):
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Also, out of curiosity, what usually makes your attention dwindle?
Thanks for replying! I frequent many forums, some of which are also related to programming (such as GameDev), so I have a decent grasp on making a respectful post :-). As for my attention dwindling; I'm just not too sure on what causes it. When I first started learning C++, I was programming daily for hours on end. As I began to progress in the language, it began to be harder and harder to understand the more advanced concepts. Eventually, I became stuck on object-oriented programming, and just dropped programming for a year or so. After the programming break, I came back and taught myself bits and pieces of OOP, and then took another break. I tend to come into the programming scene every now and again, and then intimidate myself until I discontinue learning the language or take a break for a long period of time. I have a hard time finding a resource for learning programming that maintains my attention and explains the concepts in a clear and concise manner.