Re: Is Java a good class to take for technical writing?

Subject: Re: Is Java a good class to take for technical writing?
From: Chuck <writer -at- best -dot- com>
To: techwr-l
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 15:29:43 -0700


Any technology that is gaining acceptance like Java is would be good to
learn about. However, I read in from your message that some of your
second thoughts may be because of the lousy teacher. I had the opposite
experience a year ago: I was taking both VB and Java night classes; the
Java teacher was great, the VB teacher was worse that lousy (I'll
probably re-take the class next spring).

If you have the option to take the class at another time (maybe another
semester) with another instructor, do it. Otherwise, you may not get as
much out of the class as would be useful becuase the teacher keeps you
from learning as much as you could.

Chris Fitzgerald wrote:
> Hi! I have a question to the list; I'm taking a Java
> class as well as a Visual Basic programming class. They are
> both
> fascinating, but my Java professor is quite the expert but not a
> very good instructor (to put it mildly).
> There are a million and one classes to take, so I wanted to
> check since I'm having second thoughts about this class. Also,
> I am starting my academic teaching year,next week, and am going
> to write a newsletter directed at teachers. It will
> consist of professional development facts and upcoming events.
> So dropping the class may afford me more time to volunteer,
> anyway. Just wanted to check with the list, because you are the
> ones who will know if Java is a good skill to know in your job.
> Any advice would be appreciated. Have a great week everyone!

"Online help should ignore first-time users and concentrate
on those people who are already successful using the
product, but who want to expand their horizons."
- Alan Cooper
"About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design"

Chuck Martin


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