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    Default C++ programmer needs career advice.

    Hello. I"ve been a C/C++ programmer for roughly 15 years. Most of my experience has been writing backend calculation engines. So for instance, phone billing servers, load balance servers, accounting software for large financial institutes, and even a massively parallelized database kernel internals (think of the nuts and bolts of Oracle on steroids).

    It seems to be that Java has taken the domains that use to be for C/C++ programmers, mainly high volume calculation engines. Is this true? There are C/C++ jobs out there, but they are in embedded systems, which is tedious work, and I'm tired of that.

    Anyways, obviously, I have to move over to Java. Landing a job seems to be the problem. People look at my resume and know that I am not fresh out of college, but at the same time, when I tell them that I am looking for a starting job in Java they don't believe me. What am I to do?


    Finally, from a job perpective, is it worth learning Java, as opposed to some of the 'newer' languages like Ruby and Python, or even C#?

    Well, I could ramble on, but I want to keep it short. Thanks for your time.

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    Hi. I guess that you want to have the same salary when you work as C/C++ developer. I disappointing you it is impossible. Actuality if you want to move in Java it will not be problems. You have good software engineering skills, You can find solution problems. This skills is not tied to program languages. but I really don't believe that when you change program languages you will change anything. I think it the same thing. May be you just need to have a rest. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petr View Post
    Hi. I guess that you want to have the same salary when you work as C/C++ developer. I disappointing you it is impossible. Actuality if you want to move in Java it will not be problems. You have good software engineering skills, You can find solution problems. This skills is not tied to program languages. but I really don't believe that when you change program languages you will change anything. I think it the same thing. May be you just need to have a rest. :)
    Hello. Thanks for the feedback. Just like you, I think that skills aren't tied to a language, but unfortunately, managers don't think that way.

    Actually, I am looking asking for a starting salary job in Java at a starting position. This would be more than half a cut in my previous salary. I've got an inkling feeling that employers don't believe that is what I want, and will think I will leave once I get the opportunity. So, I can scale back my resume and lie about my experience, but I'd rather not do that, so I'm wondering if people here would have ideas.

    Again, thanks for your time!

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