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Old 06-04-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Currently I have two opportunities in two somewhat diverging development paths. One is re-learning Java and the new frameworks, and the other continuing on with my current C# MVC work. My question is which pays more as a contractor and/or which has more demand? I seem to be getting many more job offerings for Java than C#. Will this trend end? C# seems to be gaining ground with Linq/lambda expressions...while Java is very mature. Any thoughts?
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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I say you re-learn java and accomplish two things at once. First, you will indeed find more jobs looking for Java than C#. Second of all, any java developer can learn c# pretty quickly as the thier sytanx and OOP setup are almost identical. Obviously, there are some minor differences between the two, but a java programmer learning C# shouldn't be too hard, so I say focus on that first.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:18 PM
 
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Both are in demand right now.

Java for mobile applications and older server applications and web applications.

C# for web applications, Sharepoint.

Java: Lots and lots of application support needed. Will be easier to find jobs, but pay is lower (lots of Java experts out there).

C#: Sharepoint implementation is huge right now and there's a need for C# developers, but not as many existing applications out there in need of support. So there's not as many jobs for C#, but the pay is a lot higher.

Personally, I'd go with C#, unless you want to go into the mobile space.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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Both are in demand right now.

Java for mobile applications and older server applications and web applications.

C# for web applications, Sharepoint.

Java: Lots and lots of application support needed. Will be easier to find jobs, but pay is lower (lots of Java experts out there).

C#: Sharepoint implementation is huge right now and there's a need for C# developers, but not as many existing applications out there in need of support. So there's not as many jobs for C#, but the pay is a lot higher.

Personally, I'd go with C#, unless you want to go into the mobile space.
You make a great point, guess I wasn't looking at it form that point of view.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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Here is a silly question but since I need to know for my own needs:
When you guys say C#, do you mean the regular C language or C Sharp?
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Here is a silly question but since I need to know for my own needs:
When you guys say C#, do you mean the regular C language or C Sharp?
C# = C Sharp.

The usage comes from the fact that the "#" denotes a "sharp" note in music.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Both are in demand right now.

Java for mobile applications and older server applications and web applications.

C# for web applications, Sharepoint.

Java: Lots and lots of application support needed. Will be easier to find jobs, but pay is lower (lots of Java experts out there).

C#: Sharepoint implementation is huge right now and there's a need for C# developers, but not as many existing applications out there in need of support. So there's not as many jobs for C#, but the pay is a lot higher.

Personally, I'd go with C#, unless you want to go into the mobile space.
You make really interesting points. However, aren't mobile devices the future anyway? So then, wouldn't this give an edge to Java?

I've been working in C# for years, and would like to be more marketable. This new opportunity is Java, Spring, Struts work. And, the company is aware of my Java work years ago, so no pressure in having a learning curve. I'm not sure what to do....

Thanks for all your responses.
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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You make really interesting points. However, aren't mobile devices the future anyway? So then, wouldn't this give an edge to Java?

I've been working in C# for years, and would like to be more marketable. This new opportunity is Java, Spring, Struts work. And, the company is aware of my Java work years ago, so no pressure in having a learning curve. I'm not sure what to do....

Thanks for all your responses.
I personally think that mobile apps are at their peak now. Going forward, I expect everything to be web apps that run across multiple platforms through web browsers.

Based on my expectations, learning HTML5 would be a good idea.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:06 PM
 
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You make really interesting points. However, aren't mobile devices the future anyway? So then, wouldn't this give an edge to Java?

I've been working in C# for years, and would like to be more marketable. This new opportunity is Java, Spring, Struts work. And, the company is aware of my Java work years ago, so no pressure in having a learning curve. I'm not sure what to do....

Thanks for all your responses.
The only platform that you can do mobile in Java on is Android. Of course Android is gaining a lot of momentum.

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I personally think that mobile apps are at their peak now. Going forward, I expect everything to be web apps that run across multiple platforms through web browsers.

Based on my expectations, learning HTML5 would be a good idea.
I think there will always be a market for certain kinds of apps, but there are lots of instances where web based is definitely going to be a better option.

I'm getting ready to add mobile portions to a reporting suite that I develop, and I'm going to do it all server side (ASP.NET) so that I don't have to write 3 or 4 different apps for different mobile platforms.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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Ha! Didn't get either one... The Java opening wanted immediate contribution, no learning curve...the other one, felt I would not fit into their fast-pased Agile Scrummy env. Oh well.

Just got bad news that my contract will be up due to budget cuts. But, I will have really great references... I'm just confused and tired. This is a new world where everything must be done yesterday and architecture...good coding is insignificant...I got it now.... Sorry, I'm on my pity party.
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