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Best language for the application?

by tabath / February 19, 2014 4:25 AM PST


I'm after some advice on a project I'm working on. It involves taking some input of hours worked in different departments over a time period for 5 to 10 staff members and storing them, doing some calculations with them to produce total hours, salary etc and then producing some graphs and reports to compare the activities of the staff.

In the first instance this can be done as a standalone program on a pc with single user input. Obviously there will need to be some sort of database/table structure to store the inputs and calculations.

I was looking at doing this myself as I have some programming experience. microFocus COBOL from years ago - but non recently so have no experience of using it in a windows gui environment and anyway the license and runtime fees for Microfocus are extortionate fro this sort of application.. I have done a bit of python but want something that I can compile into a binary.

So I find myself in the position of having to either learn a new language suitable for this or bring someone into work on this with me.

Either way I need to know what would be the best language to use given the requirements of the project. Is there anyone on here that has experience that could give me some advice on which way to go ?


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Ahh, the old best language question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 19, 2014 4:42 AM PST

That would be what language you know and gets the job done. Since Visual Basic Express could make this trivial, why not?

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by Moon558 / March 12, 2014 3:23 PM PDT

java is the best language for the app.

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My suggestion: use Excel.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 12, 2014 6:26 PM PDT

It saves both the data and the formulas in just one file.


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by start4dream / March 23, 2014 11:57 PM PDT

PHP is best for web development

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best language for application
by larahepze / May 8, 2014 7:12 PM PDT

java is the best language for application development.

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Re: Java
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 8, 2014 7:27 PM PDT

That really depends on the application. Especially on the web, Java applets are rare (and a safety risk, considere all those security updates from Oracle) and JSP is somewhat outdated, although still used.


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by mobilgundem / May 18, 2014 8:55 AM PDT

PHP is very fast and best for web development

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