I Need Some Help With Programming Languages

I program primarily in Java because it’s what I learned at university and its what most sites want us to use. However, I’ve lately heard of a lot of people switching over to Ruby. I haven’t worked with the language yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good things. For example, I’ve heard it has a bunch of great tools that make it easier to design web apps, including a library of coding language.

I’ve heard it even has automatic testing and that it is more streamlined than Java and easier to program in and with. Those facts alone have me interested in trying it out, but I’m a little afraid to make the jump to a new language so quickly.

After all, learning new programming is a time investment, and as a freelancer, I have to manage my time carefully to make sure I’m not wasting it. Too much time puttering around learning Ruby could distract me from an important design job and cost me money.

So I’m asking those of you out there who have used Java and Ruby: is it worth making the switch? Or is Java still capable of handling many of the problems of modern day programming and graphic design? Remember, I’m not a heavy-duty programmer, but I do need to know a little bit when implementing graphics on-site, etc.

Try to think of it from that perspective when giving me advice. I would particularly like to hear from graphic designers who have already used Ruby and whether or not they found it worth the monetary and time investment. I’m not going to be programming mobile apps, here, but simply uploading stuff and making sure it runs properly.

I look forward to hearing from you all! I’m sure that you’ll have plenty of great advice to give me on this and could even point me towards an inexpensive Ruby teaching platform.

The Troubles With Freelancing

Freelancing is often more of a pain in the (you know what) than it is worth. Look, I love sitting at home in my skivvies and going to work when I want on what I want, and you’d think that would be true no matter what. But there are some downsides to this type of work and I have a little fiasco to tell you about. Don’t let it deter you from the freelance dream, but be prepared for this kind of disaster.

I was right in the middle of designing a series of banners for new casinos Karamba casino the no deposit bonus casino and Slots & Stripes. These were basically telling customers about great deals and encouraging them to spend their time at these websites. On a side note, I dig these guys and must also give a so called “shout out” to the great people at superlenny casino. They’ve all been great with me and always pay me on time. I only do work with sites that give me respect.

Anyway, I was taking one last look at the banners, making sure everything looked perfect, and was about to save when it happend: my computer clicked off. Panic hit me, but I wasn’t too worried, because it does have an auto-save feature. However, my computer wouldn’t turn back on and a trip to the shop told me the bad news: it was fried.

So now I’m waiting for them to pull the data off my dead hard drive so I can send it in and get paid. I got my little cheap laptop right now (hailing to you from its ailing form at the moment!) and I can do some work. But without the graphics I need, I’m a bit stuck.

Here’s some honest advice from one freelancer to another: constantly back up your work. Or you might end up staring at a black screen with nothing to do but start over again from the beginning.