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Sometimes it's not worth the pain. I have programmed in Java. I won't do so again. I concede that part of it is stubbornness, but I have to prioritize what I want to spend my time on, and there are enough jobs giving me the opportunity to work on things I like working with that I can afford to dismiss Java out of hand and focus my efforts elsewhere.

I realize not everyone will have that option, but I strongly believe being strongly opinionated about what I will work with has helped me in the long run by ensuring I've actually worked on things where I could feel motivated to deliver, and letting me focus my time on getting better at the technologies I do enjoy working with.

Of course that requires ensuring you build skills in areas where you can find jobs, and that you avoid jobs where you don't get to pick the technologies you're prepared to work with.

But author is talking about refusal to learn something "destroyed career".

I hated Java as everyone was supposed to in school among my peers. Java was for lesser programmers. But, there was interesting job in Java available and after using it, I liked coding in Java better then previous languages I knew (C, C++ mainly).

I liked Java pretty fast, but learning to like JavaScript took more effort. Imo, it was very very worth pain. The more pain, the more the learning process is worth - it hurts because you are learning something fundamental and getting new habits you miss.

I feel the same as you. But out on the job market after my last employer went bust - and almost every single job at a reasonable level is demanding either C# .NET, or Java (J2EE, whatever they're calling it now). Period. Every interview; even for front-end web developers: they're sitting there asking you questions they pulled out of their Java 451 text book from two years ago.

I've been playing "avoid those jobs" for a while now and it's getting tiresome. There is a HUGE prejudice against people who never drank the OOP kool aide.

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