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    Post Where to go after basics

    This question is not really specifically Java based but more widely programming based. I have learnt the basics of java got comfortable using swing to make desktop apps but where should I go now? I've heard you can make web apps, desktop apps, games and other stuff. I want to do computer science when I'm older but what would benefit me the most? What should I learn that is relevant or important in programming?

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    Default Re: Where to go after basics

    You may want to read http://www.java-forums.org/forum-lob...ect-euler.html. Also, search the web for computer science related programming problems. You will probably come across a number of course syllabi which describe these.

    I also tend to put Information Technology, Network Engineering, and Computer Science in different categories with some slight overlap. IT (servers and databases) is what makes the web work. Network Engineering (routers, WANs, and LANs) is what makes the internet work. Computer science (operating systems, compilers, applications, tool development) is what allows IT professionals and Network Engineers to do their respective jobs.

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    Default Re: Where to go after basics

    I'm still torn between going into Web, mobile or staying with desktop. I've heard around and kind of realize that not many people use desktop apps beside pro's. A lot of people spend time on the web and using web apps. I want to be more of a back end developer so I don't really like HTML but I don't mind stuff like swing for desktop. I've been learning Java and before that a lot of other languages too see which one I liked most so I'm really sick of reading and not programming. I also don't want to really waste time on something that wont be useful in the future.

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    Default Re: Where to go after basics

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    I've heard around and kind of realize that not many people use desktop apps beside pro's.
    You heard wrong. If that were the case, once someone booted up their computer they wouldn't do anything. That is because to do something you need to run an applications of some sort. Even a browser is a desktop app. So is MS Word, Excel, Notepad, Vim, and a thousand others.

    I'm really sick of reading and not programming. I also don't want to really waste time on something that wont be useful in the future.
    You need to do both. Since I don't write software for a living I can't say what the trend is. But trends are set by folks who learn stuff and then convince their management its a good thing.

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    Thanks man I think I'm just gonna go with the web apps and just deal with the html. I'm still gonna do desktop as well but I should learn as mush as I can!

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    Default Re: Where to go after basics

    Quote Originally Posted by nicocannon View Post
    I'm still torn between going into Web, mobile or staying with desktop.
    What makes you think you have to choose just one? Do them all. Create small example projects to help you explore different parts the of programming world. Figure out what you like, and go from there.
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