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#1 Cynthia Moore

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 02:59 PM

I would like to write a little typing tutor program. The program would generate sample text for me to type, provide a place for me to type it in, compare what I type with the target text, keep track of accuracy, and generate error messages.

 

Can someone recommend a good programming language for this application?

 

I do know a little VBA and I am learning Access. So one option would be a data entry form tied to an Access database. This would allow me to use the power of Access to keep track of the results. But I hate VBA. It is, IMHO, even worse than Fortran or Cobol. (probably no one here even remembers what those are)

 

I would prefer an interpreted language for the realtime debugging aids, but would be open to anything that does not require a year to learn.

 

Thanks for any suggestions...


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#2 yu gnomi

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 11:26 PM

If you are running Windows, you could look into C#. IMO it is easy to use if you are familiar with C syntax - of course if you aren't familiar you will have to learn that. However, I think you need to be running Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 - or equivalent Windows Server, to use XAML - a mark-up language used in conjunction with C# in Visual Studio, in order to streamline making user interfaces. 

 

MS has a community edition of Visual Studio you can install for free, and Microsoft Virtual Academy has free online courses for C#.



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 10:50 PM

Learn C or C++, if you have not already. Using C++ and Winapi (windows specific) would be the best, in my opinion. C is great if you are interested in learning skills for job opportunities.

 

The easiest for this task (windows specific) would be VBA for you. If you are familiar with it, it's easy, and has everything you need. VBA isn't a good language, and I understand why you dislike it.

 

If you want cross-platform go with C or C++ and GTK or Qt but that's a lot of work, and could take a year, so you probably won't do this. I'm a software developer, and I write everything cross-platform, if I can.

 

Fortran is great, don't diss it- especially with EE and number crunching.

 

EDIT: Here is a tool I use for WinAPI resource dialogs: http://www.resedit.net/


Edited by Joeso, 30 August 2015 - 10:55 PM.


#4 TOMIS13LACK

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 04:43 PM

i also recommend C++, this is what i am using: http://www.angelfire.com/art2/ebooks/teachyourselfcplusplusin21days.pdf

along with the web-based compiler http://cpp.sh


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