[amsat-bb] Re: Programming language recommendation?

dsp engineer dsp_ee at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 4 15:10:01 PDT 2008

I write code for a living in C, C++, Java, C#, assembler, as well as half a dozen scripting languages such as perl, ruby,javascript etc.  Do you self a big favor and learn C#.

You can download Visual Studio Express from Microsoft for free.  Here is the link:


If you really insist on programming in Basic, you will find a VS Express version for Basic.


Tim Leonard  

> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 16:55:20 -0500
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  Programming language recommendation?
> We have a lot of folks here who do programming at a variety of levels.
> After a 20+ year hiatus, I am looking to get back into doing a bit of
> programming.  The intent is not to get into it at a professional level, but
> to be able to rip off quick and dirty small programs.  Data acquisition,
> taking the output of a program and merge and reformat it for specific
> purposes, which of course I can do in some cases with Excel, are a couple of
> things which come to mind.  It will need the ability to interact with
> external hardware.  However, the primary purpose is as a brain stretcher for
> someone who once thought F*RTR*N was a real language.
> I am tempted to say that I am looking for the current generation BASIC, but
> I am want something a bit beyond that, though of course the ability to print
> "Hello World" with less than 10 lines of code is a plus.  ;)  And it needs
> to be something I can get into using a free or low cost compiler.  I am not
> much interested in spending a few hundred dollars.
> People have recommended Python, older versions of Delphi, early version of
> C, etc, as what I should do.  Well, maybe.  So if anyone has a good
> recommendation, please contact me OFF LIST.  And did I say, it needs to be
> cheap?!   
> Alan
> -----------------------------------
> What's the opposite of Diversity?
> University!
> Catherine McMillan
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