I would appreciate it if someone could advise me as to which programming language I should pursue. A little history: I have developed an application that is rather extensive in Filemaker Pro 9 Advanced making me more than a novice. I have started learning Visual Basic 2008 using Visual Studio 2008 Professional because it was suggested that this was the easiest to learn as a first language. Goal: I want to develop a couple of single user applications. One is a simple generic application that will contain graphics that can be compared to inventory for example, and the other is a financial application that can be compared to Quicken as an example. I want these applications to run on both Mac and Windows. Vision: I first see them as stand alone applications, but later as I upgrade the program(s), especially the financial one, I want to be able to use network sharing, not multi-user. I want to have the option of developing an iPhone app for either one of them and have it sync. This iPhone app is more important than network sharing. Filemaker Concern: Can Filemaker, after creating an upgrade, install overwriting the current program but keep the user's data intact? I know that currently Filemaker's runtime is not capable of network sharing from since version 4 from what I've read. Can't find any information on whether the Runtime can incorporate an iPhone app.
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If you need windows and mac and want the option of supporting iphone later then the best tool I currently know of is now called LiveCode and was called Runtime revolution, based on Hypercard. Very easy to use and very cross platform. Cheap to start with although you have to …
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