Creating graphics with C++

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    Creating graphics with C++

    Hi,

    I have a project (work not school homeork) that requires me to create a user interface to allow him to select a file form a server, then reaad it, output some of the variables to the user and then launch another C program that will actually do all the work. i have no experience with graphic programming.
    I've searched on line for a language that will allow me to do so, but they all point towards game graphics. I read the user manual for MS Visual C++ and it is not elementary enough to get started.
    I have to learn a language from start, so it doesn't matter whether it is Visual Pro, or Java. I'm looking for the simpler-to-learn one.
    I was looking for some suggestions on what to use and how to go about getting started with it.

    thanks,

    A.

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    Simplest?

    Visual basic, by far, especially if you just want a user interface.

    Out of C++ and Java, the consensus is that Java is easiest to pick up. I personally dislike the language, but it's true. That's if you just want ease of use.

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    Yeah, Visual Basic.

    I don't know Visual Basic, but my boss can whip-out a Windows GUI Visual Basic program as fast as I can write a command line program in C++ or basic. (Neither of us are "programmers".)

    Visual Basic may be the most popular language for those little in-house programs. You don't have to know all of the WinAPI details to use it.

    You are right. Learning to use the WinAPI with C/C++ is NOT easy. Petzold says it takes 6 months, but if you work fast you can learn it in 180 days!

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    Once you get this project done, it wouldn't hurt to learn some Java, and you might want to pick-up Petzold's book.
    Last edited by DougDbug; 06-01-2005 at 12:35 PM.

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    Java very similar to C++ except creating a GUI is easier in Java than C++. Though quite a bit of coding and learning is still required.
    (I program GUIs in C++ .. you don't want to go there )

    Visual Basic is like a non-programmer language. Drag-n-drop
    Not even considered a programming language in my parts though it will get the job done in a relatively short time with little difficulty. I would recommend Visual Basic for your task.

    Visual sounds visual to me.
    Basic sounds rather basic to me.

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    Thanks for all the input.

    Do you guys know how easy it is to link existing executable C code to VB or C++ GUI?

    I'm more worried that it won't run properly if I start interfacing VB and C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deo
    Visual Basic is like a non-programmer language. Drag-n-drop
    Not even considered a programming language in my parts though it will get the job done in a relatively short time with little difficulty. I would recommend Visual Basic for your task.

    Visual sounds visual to me.
    Basic sounds rather basic to me.
    Not considered a programming language? And just what parts are you in? I think Ober said it best in this thread. (Like any long thread, that one goes a bit off-track after the second page. It really nosedives around the fifth page or so.)
    If I did your homework for you, then you might pass your class without learning how to write a program like this. Then you might graduate and get your degree without learning how to write a program like this. You might become a professional programmer without knowing how to write a program like this. Someday you might work on a project with me without knowing how to write a program like this. Then I would have to do you serious bodily harm. - Jack Klein

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