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Development platform/language

Postby MarkY » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:06 am

With so many programming languages out there, what would you recommend a new student picks up, if they want to be competitive in developing for the GIS and mapping market? A few years ago everyone was talking about C++, but I am not sure if that's still the case (I here many more names thrown about these days). And what are the major advantages/disadvantages of some of these languages?

I did a quick google search, but couldn't find much info on the subject.
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Re: Development platform/language

Postby George.Tan » Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:27 am

Oh, No! We are not going to start another one of those "what's a better programming language" wars here, are we?

The best language to develop in, is the one you are most comfortable and knowledgeable with. That's it!
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Re: Development platform/language

Postby jimwelch » Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:18 pm

I don't think anyone is stating a war :-) sometimes it's good to discuss possible tools.
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Re: Development platform/language

Postby George.Tan » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:24 pm

I guess it would depend what platform the user wants to develop for. For example, Android programming is done in linux, apps are written in java. So if the user is interested in developing for the Android platform, that's what they should use.
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Re: Development platform/language

Postby bullaco » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:11 pm

What OS would one use for Android apps?
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Re: Development platform/language

Postby jimwelch » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:37 am

The Android kernel is programmed in c,c++ and is a Linux based OS. You can program apps for Android in most languages now: c++, c, and ruby just to name a few. Most choose java since google has pushed it enough and made it simple.
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Re: Development platform/language

Postby George.Tan » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:19 am

Check out eclipse, http://www.vogella.de/articles/Android/article.html
Mostly for windows, but you can apply it to linux or macosx

Java is certainly the most widely-used and most supported by Google, but more and more compilers and VMs are emerging. For example, the MonoDroid project is working on a Mono VM for apps written in C#.

PHP is also on the rise.
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