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    best prog language for finding freelance work

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    I am switching from a career in hardware (mobile phones & wireless) to software, as my well-researched perception is there is a lot more demand for software skills than hardware. I have experience doing embedded code for 16 years (C,C++, assembly, processing), but this doesn't directly translate to software development. Since I am looking for FREELANCE work, or SHORT CONTRACTS, and am specifically avoiding taking full-time positions at companies, I need to focus on which languages can make that possible, that i can find work doing.

    And I only need to make O.K. money, not BIG money: I just need to get by, pay the rent, etc, while I do a lot of artistic projects (that don't pay) on the side.

    I am currently learning Javascript (easy!), and am wondering if I need to learn things like Python, PHP, Ruby, etc etc.

    I could go a couple different routes:

    1) Mobile development: this lets me leverage my hardware background a bit, and I can program in Javascript and build for iOS and Android using a tool called Titanium. No need to learn Java or Obj-C, though I would probably eventually go ahead and learn them down the road, if I pick this path.

    2) Web development: Javascript, Jquery, HTML, XML, JSON, and so on. I could be reasonably happy going this route. I wouldn't be doing hardware at all anymore (both a good and bad thing: I'm tired of hardware, but I might have to leverage my hardware background to get jobs....but then, maybe not, web development seems to always be in-demand).

    3) Application (desktop) development: this can leverage my limited C++ skills, but my perception is its really hard to get short-term contracts for this (they need you for a looooong time to finish a project).

    Thoughts anyone?

    (And, thoughts specifcally about Python too; I can't seem to figure out whether I should add this one or not, can't get a feel for how important it is, should I just ignore it so it doesn't distract me from focusing on other things? argh)

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    I would like to suggest yo to select Php and javascript. I had a good experience with this. This is easy to learn but more secure.

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    Web development is probably best route, given your stated goals. Web dev *CAN* pay well, but all too often it doesn't. Be prepared to bid against people in countries where the standard hourly pay is pretty darned low. You need to show you really are worth the extra money (and even then not too much extra money).
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    I will refer you to go in the route of mobile development as it is all similar to the embedded C it will be very easy for you to get adapt to the work easily and also now-a-days the mobile development plays an important role and also it is the leading industry genre in the business world. So, If you choose that path you can earn money more than enough for you.


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