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Thread: I need an easy programming language...

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    I need an easy programming language...

    Hi all.


    I need a simple, reasonably easy programming language, to write a dedicated database software in.

    The software is essentially no more then a "Look-up table" which listens for data on the COM port, and then looks up that data in the table, and outputs a pre-programmed message(on a 2nd COM port).

    Really needs to be able to run in DOS, but Win95-98 OK.
    Me and XP not suitable - they are too hungry for resources.

    I'm currently looking at Python - what are you programmers here using for your programming languages?

    I don't really want to spend months learning a very complicated language, which is why Python appeals - can anyone here suggest anything else?

    Thanks!
    "An expert is someone who will tell you why you can't do something." - Alec Issigonis (designer of the Mini)

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    Just an update...

    I think I have found an easier language then Python.
    It's called Euphoria and can work in DOS, Windows & Linux.

    The basic package is free, and uses a RTE(Run-time engine) to execute your source code, but you can buy utilities which compile the program with a back-end engine to make an .exe file that you can share with others.

    This is now the language I am going to study...
    "An expert is someone who will tell you why you can't do something." - Alec Issigonis (designer of the Mini)

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    Or try good old Basic

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    I took a good look at BASIC and GW-BASIC for DOS.

    But I prefer a language, where you can compile the source with a runtime-engine of some kind, to create a self-executing file - to protect your source code. BASIC and GW-BASIC are(generally speaking) open-source programmers - at least the BASIC/GW-BASIC programs I have seen can all easily be loaded and the code tinkered with.


    Euphoria seems very good - about half way through the huge manual!!!
    "An expert is someone who will tell you why you can't do something." - Alec Issigonis (designer of the Mini)

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    I've used QUICKBASIC 4.5 for years. I know it runs under DOS and WIN95. It has a compiler as part of the package which results in an .exe and thus does not give away the source code and runs as a standalone. I don't remember the cost but I think it was under $50.

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    Cool. Thanks.
    Will check this out too.
    (as soon as I find it - I will google for it)
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    Found it.

    Also got version 7.1; will check them both out.
    4.5 would seem to be the favourite...

    Thanks for the name of that language.
    "An expert is someone who will tell you why you can't do something." - Alec Issigonis (designer of the Mini)

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