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    Question Help advice needed please

    Hi folks,

    i need some advice, basically can the following be achieved using C#?

    whats the easiest language i can use to do the following? i.e. C++ java C#???

    Im not exceptional when it comes to programming tho so i need something that is easy to understand,

    I will need to develop a software that enables mailing lists to be automatically updated by analysing bounced and rejected emails.

    Its a task for my workplace and help would be greatly appreiciated.

    Thanks

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    "Easiest" is subjective, and will vary depending on what previous experience you have, what environment you use, and if the company is willing to spring for a decent IDE.

    I would never try to code C# without Visual Studio.

    I prefer C# over Java by far, but if I'm on a budget or need free stuff, that's what I would use. Java is free and has a lot of free/open source tools, such as Eclipse, for it.

    If I need to access anything that is a "windows thing", such as Exchange or Active Directory, I'd beg, scream, and cry for VS/C#. Java is meant to be cross-platform, and trying to do anything "windows"-y with it (for lack of a better term) is a nightmare, in my experience.

    HTH

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    so C# is the best language to do this task for a "newbie" programmer like myself?

    the plan is use sql as a database to store information and im thinking of doing this task so its can be web based.

    am i going on the right track?

    all comments appreciated and let me say this is a great site for people that want to learn programming its ace

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    C# or C++ would be your best bet. I agree with what nikkiH said, don't go Java for this. You can download C# or C++ Express for free from microsoft.com, either of which will allow you to create your solution.

    I am a little confused about your situation, though. Your company assigned someone with no programming knowledge to tackle a task like SQL and a high level language?

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    Honestly, if you're THAT new, use VB.NET. If you've never coded anything before, VB will be easier for you to use and won't let you shoot yourself in the foot as much as C will. You can learn the programming concepts, then switch to C# for the experience later. C# experience is nice just because of its syntactic similarity to other languages like Java, javascript, and PHP so it makes it easier to pick them up.

    You can get Express editions of .NET developer tools for free from microsoft.
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/express/aa700797.aspx

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