View Full Version : Help regarding choice of lanuguage

09-15-2007, 04:59 PM
Hello, I am 17 and I am about to embark on a project for my Computer Science A level. Last year we learnt 'Pascal' extensively, but anyone who has ever used it knows that it has its limits.

The project I have chosen to undertake is to design an ordering system for a chinese takeaway. I have most of the modules sorted out etc in pseudo code, but I have realised that I definately need to be able to define arrays in runtime or use SQL to finish this project.

I have until march and my question is this:
I have extremely basic knowledge of Java and C++ and I am thinking about maybe writing a GUI for it, because a command line interface at best still isn't very user friendly.

Would writing in C++ be a good idea, in terms of being able to learn and use it quickly, and create a basic GUI or would programming it in something else (C# & SQL / Java / PHP etc) be a better idea.

Thanks in advance,

09-15-2007, 06:14 PM
I think if you can, PHP would be the easiest option, as you can design a GUI in HTML and easily connect to a database. As far as I know creating a GUI in C etc. is a lot more complicated.

09-15-2007, 06:57 PM
Who will be using the ordering system, and where?

If members of the public can order over the internet then you will need a web server. This might run PHP on Apache with a MySQL database server. It could be ASP.Net on IIS with SQL Server. C# and Java will be easier to learn than PHP for someone familiar with Pascal, but they will probably require more expensive hardware and/or software.

If this application will run on one PC in the shop, used only by the staff, you may be able to find Pascal development software to build a program running off its local hard drive.