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hey, i need some help here. i'm choosing courses for school next year, and i have one elective slot to fill. i figured i'd take some form of computer programming, since i find it interesting, and i may end up working with computers in the future. here's my question though. there are 2 courses i can take: introduction to QBASIC, and introduction to PASCAL. i'm semi-familiar with programming terms, so difficulty isn't a problem. if i take either one of these next year, i'll be able to take either C++ or Java the following year. could anyone offer some advice on which languages i would be able to do more with, and probably use more if i decide to major in computer science? thanks a lot.
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I'm only familiar with QBasic. if your familiar with any kind of real programming (js, php, jsp) then QBASIC could be very easy to learn. I learned some of it just from online tutorials/guides. its easy to know/learn when you already know the lingo and have the right mindset. PASCAL is a little harder to learn i hear, but may be better off down the road, not sure.
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QBasic is much easier than PASCAL.PASCAL is much more algebraically oriented (if you like math), while Qbasic is more like C++ and such languages (more englishly).

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Ages ago, I messed around with QBasic. It's a confused bastard language, based on old imperative coding (QuickBasic/Basic) with some newer structured programming features.
I'm not that familiar with Pascal, but as far as I know it's a lot more powerful. I think that if you know Pascal, you would be able to pick up C pretty quickly (and once you learn C, C++ will be even easier to learn)

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thanks. i think i'm gonna go with pascal, probably work on learning some c over the summer, and then take c++ the next year. one more thing though. i know c++ is pretty powerful, but would i be better off taking java? i mean i guess i could technically take both at some point, but if i take pascal next year, would i be better off with learning c++ or java the year after?
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java is supported on the web much more than c++ but if your not going to be doing much work with stuff on the web then c++.

c++ is much more widly used so i think this is the one i would go with unless i was focusing on internet then i would go java
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i was thinking about doing something with a game company. i'm not sure though. i'm probably going with the c++ in that case. i messed around with my school's visual basic studio today, so i signed up for intro to pascal in the first semester, and then a course in basic for the second.
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ASk yourself why you want to program computers ? Just for fun or as a career.

If it's for a career, C++, Java etc programmers are 10 a penny. You need to look for a more specialist area to make better money. Being something like a DBA (Data Base Analyst) may be a better move.

PASCAL isnt much use for business but it will give you a good introduction to programming.

The important thing to remember is that most of the work is done away from the computer. Learning how to design programmes mportant

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