Solved Programming languages for Win 7 & 8

April 30, 2014 at 06:20:15
Specs: Win 7
What languages or programming software packages are
currently most widely-used for creating Windows 7 and
Windows 8 apps?

I did some simple programming in various flavors of BASIC,
plus 6502 assembly language, but I don't know much else.
I know practically knothing about the architecture of current
processors. So please make your reply comprehensible to
someone who isn't an insider.

Thank you.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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April 30, 2014 at 07:15:54
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Pretty much every language under the sun. You have your classic non-managed languages like C/C++. Your higher-level languages like Python and Ruby, the various .NET languages like C#. Various scripting languages, including the native VBScript or PowerShell, as well as the popular alternatives, like Perl.

So the better question is what do you want to do?

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April 30, 2014 at 09:32:20
I want to write some nice little program that installs easily
in Windows 7, looks good -- whatever it does -- and is
finished within my lifetime.

I have PowerBASIC Compiler for Windows, version 9.
Never got to use it before *things happened*. I don't
really know what its capabilities and limitations are.

I wrote a slideshow program in Liberty BASIC intended
for multiple uses including kiosk displays. It works fine
but it was never complete and never got used by anyone.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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April 30, 2014 at 10:10:05
If you want simple to install, the unmanaged languages can typically compile to a single executable file. I hear Python also has a utility to wrap the scripts into a single executable. Python's also a great learner language.

I'd recommend C# if you want a GUI and you're going to release only to friends/family. But then again I would. I love the Visual Studio IDE. (Disclaimer: I haven't tried the 2013 version.) Just make sure your friends/family has the version of .NET you compile against. If you're going to distribute to a larger audience, you'll have to make an installer, and include the relevant version of .NET.

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