Victor Subervi wrote: >I'm thinking Java's > probably my best bet, just because there are more Java programmers out there > than any other language (I think).
That's almost always the *worst* reason for choosing a language. On similar basis, you might want to do it in PHP since "a lot of people use it". It's exceedingly tough to use Java for high-performance applications, especially if you're just starting out in it. It apparently can be done, but only by experts ("average" quality code in Java is almost certain to be slow). >But what about C++ or C#? Your comments > would be appreciated. C# is similar in this way to Java, though my own experience says it's faster than Java. C++ or C are, of course, faster than any of the mentioned languages. If it's not a serious project and you just want to learn a new language, try "D" (http://www.digitalmars.com/d/). It's similar to C, C++ and Java but has some very nice features that sometimes make it even Python-like. It's almost as fast as C (http://shootout.alioth.debian.org/debian/benchmark.php?test=all&lang=dlang&lang2=gcc).
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