Hi everyone... I don't know where to put this post, but I guess it goes here seeing that this isn't about a specific programming language.
I'm a bit confused as well as nervous about starting with native desktop applications, on school I used Delphi, and later I started to become more of a web developer. But I have a new project that requires me to also create a desktop application. But I really can't make a decision about what language to use... I hope someone will be able to assist.
I need to make a math program for a school environment. I looked at the different languages and C++, C#, Java and Python has really attracted me for quite some time. But I guess Python is a no-go seeing that the program will be distributed later on, so I need to hide the source code, where a compiled language will be much better.
What language will you suggest? And what IDE works the best with that certain language? Also what is the learning curve? And I don't have a lot of money yet, so I can't go and buy something like Visual Studio Ultimate or the new Delphi 2010, so please keep it realistic...