Originally Posted by durrell
I honestly don't expect to get much use out of the language itself, I just want to use it as a launchpad into other languages. Most likely Python, but we'll see. I want a flexible language that can be used cross-platform for simple tasks. I figure if I learn the basics in this class I will be fine to teach myself the syntax of other languages.
I definitely have NO intention of becoming dependent on MS and Visual Studio. Ugh. I hate that my school is a .NET whore.
If you're just trying to crank off a quick Windows application, C# is fantastic. Maybe not as fast as it could be, but development is fast and easy, in my experience.
Originally Posted by DrewDodson89
Cool, I am learning basic right now and I know a little Java. Can I program PCBs with basic?
A guy I know has been using Swordfish BASIC for PIC microcontrollers for a while now, he seems quite enamored with it. I've never tried it, but you might want to give it a look. Ultimately I'd suggest you go with C or assembly for microcontrollers though.