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New Programmer's Survival Manual by Joshua D. Carter

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Tip 11Know Your Platform
Brown Belt[​​Brown Belt] For your first job, you’ll focus on one platform, but over time you’ll need to pick up more.

When most programmers think about development tools, they immediately think about the programming language. That’s only half the picture: the language is part of a larger computing platform. Consider the olden days when computers were programmed only in assembly language; each type of computer had its own instruction set, so depending on your application, some computers could offer better instructions than others.

The same is true today. Consider Java: it’s not just a programming language; it’s a language and a set ...

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