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Completely new to developing software

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by Shiverwarp, Jul 19, 2006.

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  1. Shiverwarp

    Shiverwarp Thread Starter

    May 30, 2005
    How would I go about creating a scheduling program with an alarm and pop up?

    What coding language would be best/easiest to make this? I'm reading "Teach yourself C++ in 21 Days" right now if that's a plus for using C++


    I would need it to be able to process txt files or text in a format like this:

    Wednesday July 19th
    1 AM <Event> <Level>
    12 PM <Event> <Level>
    6 PM <Event> <Level>
    8 PM <Event> <Level>
    10 PM <Event> <Level>

    Thursday July 20th
    1 AM <Event> <Level>
    12 PM <Event> <Level>
    6 PM <Event> <Level>
    8 PM <Event> <Level>
    10 PM <Event> <Level>


    Be able to choose what events and what level you wanted, and it would find and add an alarm for that day and time. Would I also be able to make it accept different timezones? And put the Event time a half hour back for time to get to said event?
  2. dquigley


    Apr 17, 2006
    There really isn't a best programming language for a project like you describe. Much depends on what you want.

    Assuming you want to learn something about programming, run this project on a relatively new PC, with a recent version of Windows. My first choice would not be C++, I'd use a managed code language like VB/C#.NET or Java.

    Most schools start CS students with Java these days because you can learn the fundamentals of programming without getting lost in the minutia of the OS.

    On the other hand, diving deep may be just your thing.

  3. kidnewbie


    Mar 8, 2006
    i'd suggest learning either basic or perl first cause they're easy to learn. perl is a bit harder than basic, but is newer and more powerful/useful than basic.

    you should be able to do that program in basic or perl.

    i don't recommend starting with an OOP language like C++ or Java. OOP can be very confusing sometimes
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