Way back in college, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I once learned to code. Well, I “learned.” Meaning, I went to class, half assed listened, then I went to the store, grabbed a bottle of Goldschlager and went to town. Man, I miss college life.

Anyway, I am now 31 years old and want to get back to coding. Maybe. Possibly. Might want to start doing some development on the side. Because I have SO much spare time with my full time job and such. I never said I was considerably intelligent.

I’m leaning toward Java on the recommendation from several friends. I like it’s object oriented-ness, it’s “run anywhere” mantra and the fact that it’s named after one of my favorite morning rituals. Coffee! Anyway, I remember very little from my college days. I’m starting to jump back into it on the training site “Lynda.com.” So, my question to any programmers out there, is Java a good pick? Is it still a marketable skill? Best resources for learning? Am I completely insane?

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Thanks in advance for any advice/warnings you can provide. I’m a total noob at this again and feeling fish-out-of-water-ish. You never know what’s going to happen to the automotive industry and I work at a dealership. So, I am trying to grow my skills to make my self marketable in case I need it.