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what's the future? JAVA or ANDROID?

Rajkumar Katudia
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I am a JAVA developer based out of Bangalore. I have 6 yrs of experience in java/j2ee development. I was just wondering about android and its future. Would it be a good choice as a career?

How about learning curve? how long I might take to learn it? How easy would it be for a regular java/j2ee developer to switch over to andriod? How about the pay package? Should I know Android before hand or would companies be ready to hire and train me?

Any other similar/related information is welcome.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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You can't compare Java and Android. Java is used for many things including server side applications. Android is a mobile technology. Which needs to talk to a server something using a non-Android language.

Also, you can't have a career in one language. Things change too frequently. I think you mean would Android be useful for your career rather than as a career.

With anything, it is a plus if you have some familiarity with a language that you want to work with. If I have to choose between someone who developed a toy Android app, someone who has read a book or someone who just showed up, which one do you think I would choose?


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Ulf Dittmer
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Also, you can't have a career in one language. Things change too frequently.

+1. Java didn't exist when I got my first IT job, and I suspect it will no longer be used seriously when I retire. So your education had better prepare you to switch between languages and technologies.

Android is a mobile technology. Which needs to talk to a server something using a non-Android language.

Not really - Android is perfectly happy to exist stand-alone without communicating to anything.


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:
Android is a mobile technology. Which needs to talk to a server something using a non-Android language.
Not really - Android is perfectly happy to exist stand-alone without communicating to anything.

True. I'm thinking of apps that communicate with the outside world. I can't imagine having a job around a system that doesn't need to communicate with others. Even games communicate with the high score server. (I know there are some apps that don't communicate with others.)
Rajkumar Katudia
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Thanks alot Guys for the responses and suggestions.

I wanted to know if it is a good option to switch to "full time android developer"?

How does the future look?

Or is it good to be a better java/j2ee developer?


I mean would you advise me to invest time, effort and money in becoming an android developer or improve my skills as JAVA/J2EE developer?
Ulf Dittmer
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It can't hurt to learn Android, and since it's based on Java it's not like your Java skills would deteriorate. Whether you should take it up full-time depends on what you're interested in and other factors that we can't really advise on. The mobile world is certainly faster-paced then the desktop and server worlds, so you'd need to spend more time staying up-to-date.
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i don't think anybody know for sure. even the biggest experts don't know.
 
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