What is the best software for my personal home business?

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I own my own business and I want to develop a series programs to manipulate menus, data entry screens and data files. I have been looking at visual basic but not sure that is the best option. What software would be the best for me to learn and develop myself for my home business and possibly link into a mobile device (not using the internet but using a windows based sync shared files instead)? P.S. I have a degree in IS on midrange programming, but because I have been exposed to so many different software options I'm unsure which is best. keep in mind this business is small but profitable and I would like to automate a few simple office chores.
ASKED: February 9, 2008  1:21 AM
UPDATED: March 16, 2010  6:23 PM

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The best option for you will be the one which you can learn the quickest. What background do you have in programming?

If you have used C or C++ in the past then C#.NET (C Sharp) may be easier for you to pickup than Visual Basic.NET. Either one can probably do what you are looking for. Old school VB6 may be able to do it as well, but at this point the .NET languages probably have a larger support base on the Internet, so when it comes time to ask questions you may be able to get a better response to .NET questions.

For the most part the .NET languages are the de facto languages for Windows application programming these days.

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  • Schmidtw
    Certain languages have their perks for being more aesthetically pleasing or having more functions. I remain relatively loyal to Java. With java you always have the option of making web applets very easily and editing the information remotely, which I find to be a nice feature.
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    You can use a Form creator. It is simple software which displays forms and their related prompts on the screen. With a forms creator all you need is to answer the on-screen questions, then click a button to send the completed form to the word processor set up on your computer. Documents can be further edited, printed and saved for later revision. You may also edit the basic form templates. Form creator software supplies the most professional way to accept job applications, excel files, images, etc. is to let your visitors upload files to you within your actual form, rather than asking them to send you emails with files.
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