Learning How To Program

Gateway / G6-300
November 28, 2009 at 13:21:42
Specs: Windows NT, Pentium 2 - 300mhZ / 128MB
I am wanting to learn how to program general applications for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

What language is easiest to learn for creating stand-alone applications that are run independent of a web browser?

Thank you for your time

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November 28, 2009 at 14:23:32
everyone has their personal prefs. Mine, currently, happens to be visual basic but i haven't worked with vb.net, only the older versions (vb 3.2, vb6). vbscript or jscript is also good to learn but i don't use them as much.

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November 28, 2009 at 16:02:20
How "stand-alone" are we talking about here?

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November 29, 2009 at 01:10:16
Microsoft do a Free download of Visual Studio Express. It is restricted as to what it can do but it is a good learning tool for the novice. You can do everything except compile the programme into an application.

It contains all the current Visual Studio application VB , C++, C# ,etc. You can work out what is right for you before you start spending serious money on a full blown application suite which can be expensive.

VB is a good place to start as it is relatively easy to learn. You can use it to learn some of the basic principles of programming, principles that will apply to whatever language you are using. You will learn why in come circumstances VB is better than C++ while in other circumstances C++ is the better choice.


Edit: Having just looked at your specs, you are going to be a bit pushed with a Pentium II and Visual Studio. To find something that will run adequately on a PII you are going to have to do a bit of searching for legacy applications like VB6 or Turbo C.

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