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That SO survey got me wondering what programming language the folks here would be personally interested in learning (and I mean, becoming proficient in) if you had the time & inclination?
This is actually a difficult question for me, because any time I have to work with something else (most notably Python at the moment) I end up missing all the snazzy features of C#.
That said, personally I'd like to explore the functional programming / parallel computing space some more, so F#, Rust and Erlang come mind.
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I'm just trying to get by till I can retire with as little learning effort as possible. But seeing that that time is 15 years away, it's not that as easy as I could wish for...
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I am currently learning and using C#. As I expect to work until I drop dead over the keyboard, I am hoping that it will stay current until I do. At age 68 I am among the .08% of programmers in my age category. And YES there is AGE discrimination in our industry.
I am converting my program from VB6 to C# not for myself but for my loyal customers that have been with me since 1984 .....
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At 62 I am in your age category and expect to need the keyboard pried from my cold, dead, hands.
I worked in assembly language for 15 years, made my way to C, then to Cold Fusion, and now VB.Net and C#. There is most certainly age discrimination in our industry. My method of dealing with it involves selling my value as an experienced developer, while carefully manicuring and massaging the number of years I have been writing software.
How about something totally different, like putting graphics hardware to good use?
If you really want to have graphics, then HLSL (High Level Shader Language) is the way to go, but if you want to use the GPU for real number crunching, you might need something that's a little more general and less geared towards graphics.
What kind of number crunching? How about AI? Neural networks needs a few (matrix) calculations and GPUs are very good at that.
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It is interesting how your 'passion' can affect the language of choice.
Currently, I am working with OSISoft technologies and, because of that, don't actually do a lot of 'programming' per se; I do a lot of equation configuration using functions within the applications and that can test my reasoning ability at times.
Having said that, I do most of my programming with the application in VB.NET. Why VB.NET? Familiarity.
Given time, I'd like to learn C# and start writing my code in there, but.. I write so little code it isn't time effective to really learn the language.
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