Am I okay in applying to jobs in completely new languages and frameworks?
January 10, 2011 6:56 PM Subscribe
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I might be wrong, but it appears that as long as you understand data structures and algorithms, the languages don't really matter. I've played around with Java and different environments. They are different enough that I can't imagine being at 100% productivity on day one, it seems similar enough to C# as to not throw me for a loop. I would even say that C#/Java are simple languages and the libraries around them are what really propels them.
I've been working at my company for 4 years, mainly on internal enterprise software. The opportunities I'm looking at are the same. My degree is not in CS, which is why I'm sort of a stranger on how to position myself and how to advance.
I've spent quite a bit of time trying to more formally train myself, like going through the classic "Introduction to Algorithms." I've already gone through the Gang of Four and other classic OOP books through my job, but have recently been back tracking to teach myself at a more fundamental level. For whatever reason having a non-CS degree concerns me, I assume that 4 years of experience shows I'm not a complete lutz.
Any other advice would be appreciated!