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What programming language to learn?

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You guys probably get this question a lot, but here we go:

I have an engineering background and recently made some hardware that I want to control with my laptop via USB. I want to make some software to control the hardware with a GUI interface. The GUI will not be particularly complex, and I'm looking for a language that's:

(1) extremely easy and quick to learn (i'm not trying to learn hardcore programming here -- just prototype);
(2) cross-platform (the application must be able to run on both Windows and Mac; I don't care about linux);
(3) has a free development kit.

My key priorities here are prototyping as rapidly as possible without getting into too much programming nitty gritty and cross-platform support.

I have an in-depth background in PHP, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Visual Basic, a little bit of Java and a little bit of C++.

I was looking into possibly either using Qt and C++, or some language with .NET. Any advice would be really appreciated!

May 8 '13 #1
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