Feeds

Wanted: New software dev platform. Where do I turn to?

We're on Win32 - where next?

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Readers' corner Over to Reg Forums where commentard MJI writes:

OK, currently our software is a WIN32 application with a client server ISAM database, but how much longer will we be able to sell WIN32 systems when everything else is coming along. All are part of the XBASE family.

So where do we go?

We will need to be able to go SQL despite it not being as quick at certain tasks as our current database engine, I would be happy to keep it as it is on all three server platforms, and does have an SQL mode.

The language is a minority database handling language, but pretty good to use, but very few people use it.

We are considering .NET, there is precompiler for the language we use which works with C, and the server work with .NET, still even have ISAM. This would possibly be the lowest rihttp://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/10/01/MJI_New_Development_Where_do_we_go/sk, easiest move for us.

However there is an antipathy toward MS now, which is making us wonder. Win 8 is generally hated, and we are hearing thoughts of Macs and Linux from our customers. Also some people would like to use Android tablets.

So what other options are there?

I have over 25 years as a developer. Happy with object oriented programming, database access, prefer to be able to strict type, hate bossy IDEs.

Some C, a little C++, lots of Clipper, lots of VO, quite a bit of Alaska Xbase++, some VB (I hate VB6 - evil).

I would be happy to go to a more mainstream environment, as long at the IDE did not make me want to kill its designer.

I have not even thought about a web environtment yet either.

Readers: Your thoughts? ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'
Plus: 'Pretty sure iOS 8.0.2 will just turn the iPhone into a fax machine'
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.