froggymana (1896008) writes "I'm currently a freshman studying Computer Engineering and am a little disappointed in my school for starting us out with 3 terms of Java. We don't get to take any C++ classes until our junior year or so, but yet most employers in the embedded field couldn't care less about Java and would rather see C/C++ experience. Every internship I've looked wants to see 2+ years of C/C++ experience. Learning C++ when the school wants me to just doesn't seem like a good option. There a ton of options available for learning programming, such as MIT"s OCW and dozens of books. Slashdot, what would you recommend to someone with a fair amount of programming experience to learn C++?" top
froggymana (1896008) writes "I am currently a Junior (grade 11) at a High School in America and plan on going to college for a degree in CS or CE and I want to insure that I am prepared for college so I can get the most out of it. Will I be expected to be to know my way around a programming language or two before going to college or will they basically assume everyone is a starter? I've already made my own BASH scripts, calculator games and dabbled in some C and python. Is it a good use of my time to be learning these things now, or am I going to get to college only to realise that I have to take classes covering everything I have already learned with these things? What else would you guys recommend for a High School student to do to work towards going to college for CS/CE that you wish you may have done?"