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H][RO
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Australia
Insane since: Oct 2002

posted posted 05-05-2005 03:33

We dont really have a section for this sort of thing so i'll put it here.

I need to write a standalone application that can get data from a mysql database and show reports and that sort of thing. I was thinking this would be pretty easy to do in VB.net. The program is pretty cheap as well.

I guess my question is has anyone had any experience with this, or would reccomend a different way. Also what are the other ways of doing this - im not sure if things like cold fusion etc can actually compile stand alone programs.

Thanks all

I X I
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: beyond the gray sky
Insane since: Apr 2004

posted posted 05-05-2005 09:10

you have to add in a data adapter. if your setup is like the one we're using at school, just click on the data tab in the toolbox on the left and select the appropriate adapter. this will bring up a series of wizards.

I can get more detailed about it when I have my .net schoolbook around. if you have any specific problems I'll try to find my book.



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reisio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

posted posted 05-05-2005 09:36
quote:
H][RO said:

what are the other ways of doing this


You could probably use most any popular programming language; Perl, Python, Ruby, C/++, etc..

H][RO
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Australia
Insane since: Oct 2002

posted posted 05-05-2005 13:05

Yeh i guess i could, i've done c/++, java all that before - currently im thinking that vb.net would probably be one of the easiest ways, especially to conect with the database - and its pretty cheap too.

reisio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Florida
Insane since: Mar 2005

posted posted 05-05-2005 15:40

Uhuh...

You want to use what most good programmers consider a lesser (being very kind) language when you're already familiar with C/++ and Java? I usually don't care for Java, but I'll take it over VB/.NET any day.

Maybe you just don't care about this program...if you do I suggest you do not use VB of any kind.
Anyways, if you insist, you don't need to buy anything: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/express/vbasic/

H][RO
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Australia
Insane since: Oct 2002

posted posted 05-05-2005 17:37

Well its been a long time since i've done java - c++ not quite as long but not as recent as vb type stuff. C++ would be alot more work with the gui etc, i think java would too.

The other thing is alot of my interfaces will be used on touch screens, with card readers etc and i have seen these already have the api's. VB is actually very widely used for this sort of thing from what ive seen.

Also im not sure if you've used vb.net much but it supports OOP and all that - so while its kind of a lesser program i guess.. it has come along way, from what ive seen anyways. (Correct me if im wrong since im only basing on what ive read on vb.net)

bitdamaged
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 100101010011 <-- right about here
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted posted 05-05-2005 17:41

If you're comfortable with PHP there's actually a project PHP GTK which allows you to make cross platform windows apps with PHP.

But that probably won't work too well with the touch screens etc.



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H][RO
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Australia
Insane since: Oct 2002

posted posted 05-06-2005 17:35

Hmm i didnt think of using php actually, im not sure exactly with the touch screens - normally its just treated like a mouse click anyway so it should work with anything. The reader is another matter as i have to buy the sdk api with it.

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