Hi Ken,

First, you are right. C# .net is much much easier than C++ to learn.
There are a number of good reasons why it has replaced Visual Basic in
academic circles as the new beginners programming language. I'll list
some of the main ones below.

Garbage Collection --- In C and C++ it was always necessary to do your
own memory management and your own garbage collection. If you
initialized a pointer you had to properly destroy it or cause memory
leaks and errors. With C# .net the .net runtime has built in garbage
collection that frequently cleans up unused memory etc allowing you to
write more stable and error free code.Of course, it is still a good
idea to do your own garbage collection, but the garbage collecter is a
nice safety net you don't have with C++.

String Handling --- In C++ there are a number of character string
types that makes it difficult to cast one type of string to another.
Since Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 use unicode you often find
yourself in the position of casting strings between ansci and unicode.
Since C# .net uses the System.String class the .net framework handles
these types of conversions automatically for you. This makes it
several times easier when ever you need to pass a string to a function
and you have no idea of what string data type the function requires.

Rapid Development --- Like Visual Basic C# .net was designed to
rapidly create software through a simple point and click interface.
You can create forms, buttons, list boxes, and other GUI controls
simply by dragging and dropping objects from the C# .net toolbox.
Obviously, this is one of the features that made Visual Basic so
popular in the late 90's and now is available in all the Visual Studio

Software Portability --- As with Java and other runtime languages C#
.net software is quite portable. If you use a cross-platform
compatible design, such as Mono,  you can build and run C# .net
applications on Mac OS, Linux, and Windows with very little issues
porting between platforms. This makes it easier for a developer like
yourself to create software for Mac and Linux without owning and/or
using the target platform yourself.

Reserved Words --- Unlike a lot of other languages C# .net only has a
small handful of reserved words for the language. This makes learning
and using the language much easier than other triditional programming
languages as Microsoft did a fair job of trying to keep it simple
stupid while at the same time offering developers a powerful
programming language that meets their needs.

C-Style Syntax ---  C# .net, as the name implies, is a member of the C
family of languages. The advantage here is that many tech schools,
colleges, and universities use C# .net as an introductory course in
preparation for teaching Java, C++, and other more advanced C based
languages. Unlike Visual Basic learning C# .net will help you as a
programmer get the fundimentals of C, C++, Java, etc and if you ever
choose to learn them C# .net will give you an introductory foundation
to work from.

Second, I've looked at Sharp Develop. Although, admitedly my
experience is pretty limited. Most of the time I either use Visual C#
2008 on Windows, or if I'm on Linux I use Monodevelop. I happen to
like Monodevelop myself, and it is pretty accessible with Orca which
makes me happy.


On 1/30/11, Ken the Crazy <kenwdow...@neo.rr.com> wrote:
> Hello Tom and all,
> If you would port Heli to c.net, I will, grudgingly, learn the language.
> (Oh I can't believe I'm actually saying this!  LOL)
> I know that c.net isn't nearly as difficult as vanilla C, so maybe it won't
> be so hard to wrap my peewee brain around lol.
> Second, have you had any experience with Sharp Develop?  The IDE seems
> totally accessible, and one of their claims is to be able to translate
> vb.net to c.net and vice versa.  Any thoughts?
> Ken Downey
> President
> DreamTechInteractive!
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> Blind Comfort!
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> It's the Caring
> without the Staring!

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