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What programming language to use??

What programming language to use??

What programming language to use??

Hi there, sorry if this seems like a stupid question and one that can't really be answered (because there's pros and cons for all mainstream languages and everyone has their own preferences).

My experience is mainly with VB. I have VB 2005 express and wanted to create a small system for individual users (home pc, no networks). Now this executable file would only be about 3/4mb, however the end user would require the .NET framework which is an additional 23mb download.

Is there any way round this? If not, what is a viable alternative without the restriction?

I know i can use c++ without the .NET framework, but this would remove the drag & drop toolbar capability within Visual 2005.

There's always the option of getting VB6, but is this a backwards step?

Thanks in advance.

RE: What programming language to use??

This may help you: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb278077.aspx

In short, you can either point your users to manually install the needed .net framework or can create a setup that does the needed prerequisites installation.

You might make several setups and use your webpage to detect available .net framworks by evaluating the userAgent string.


It's not a big thing, most users may have it installed already. Even 30 MB is no big download anymore.

If you are concerned about traffic and costs find a distributor for your software.

Bye, Olaf.

RE: What programming language to use??

One thing to remember is that most users will have .NET up through 2.0 installed already so for many users downloading .NET should not be an issue.

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RE: What programming language to use??

OK thanks to you both, on that advice i'll stick to the .NET application!

Thanks again.

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