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Which language for this need?

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by 617sjweab, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. 617sjweab

    617sjweab Thread Starter

    Apr 15, 2008
    I am not a programmer, but I have written lots of programs in my career. Assembly, Basic, lots of Turbo Pascal(!), I have used all kinds of interpreters, scripting languages, etc...
    I would like to learn something new and more modern, but havent really found a compelling enough need. Anyway, now I would like to do something that isnt obvious to me how to do...

    I have a PC answering machine at home and I get an email everytime I get a message with the sound file as an attachment. If I get 10 messages a day, I would like to hear them all without going thru a bunch of clicks for every message. I use Thunderbird, there is no message filter than allows me to automatically save attachements to a directory. That would be the easy way. Then I could just hilite the bunch and open and hear one after another.

    Seems like it might be complicated to do this, but maybe not....is this a good example to learn Java or .net or something like that? What do I need to start (I dont really want to buy anything...needs to be freely available. ) Thanks
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    Jul 29, 2004
    Hi 617sjweab,

    Welcome to TSG ! :)

    Without hesitation, I recommand you Java for the following reasons :

    - you won't pay one buck to have a decent application running : the Java Runtime (JRE) is free, the Java Development Kit (JDK) is free, most excellent IDE's like Eclipse and NetBeans (my favourite one) are free, most of the useful API's are free;
    - the Java basics are not that tricky to learn : if you have a good knowledge of object-oriented programming concepts, Java is 'piece of cake';
    - Java is multi-platform, you may start your coding on a Red Hat and end it on a Vista;
    - as Java is popular, there're a lot of forums where you may find assistance if you meet some problems;
    - finally, I'm here to help you ! ;)

    Here're some interesting links :
    - Tutorials : http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/ , http://academicjava.com/ (a lot of examples)
    - An online downloadable memento : http://www.leepoint.net/notes-java/index.html (very useful)

    The useful links you need for the application you want :
    - Javamail ( the API to send and to get mails ) : http://www.icegreen.com/greenmail/
    - Java Sound Resources : http://www.jsresources.org/examples/
  3. 617sjweab

    617sjweab Thread Starter

    Apr 15, 2008
    Hey thanks....I may take you up on that help. I think it will be a good test for me...
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