I have an interest in learning a programming language in order to write programs to manipulate a fairly large set of numbers. For instance, I would like to write a programs to sort and maniuplate in various ways different baseball statistics on all of the active players in the last 40 years.

Is C the right language for me?

Back 25 years ago, I learned BASIC and APL and think that, with the help of my teen-age kids, I could learn a computer language -- but I don't want to make the effort only to find out that the computer programming language was inappropriate for what I was trying to do.

If C is not the right language -- what is? All guidance is appreciated.



I would strongly suggest that you look into C++ to handle this project. Traditional C has a number of more difficult processes that C++ has made easier.

I would also look into developing your program on a Linux computer. The Microsoft Tools will be expensive for what you are looking to do, plus you probably don't need the big front-end interface. What kind of computer were you planning on working with?


Well i'm a teen-ager myself (13). I recomend learning the PASCAL language then go to C. Pascal is far more basic; it doesn't have as many functions as C
BUT it is easier to use :mrgreen:


Great idea on the Pascal! It is what I learned first. I do not see a lot of environments out there for it though.

Have to see if gcc will compile it.


Are you sure that some database tool like Microsoft Access or the like wouldn't do the job? If you mainly want to sort and select, that is pretty darn simple to use. And, with Visual Basic built into it, if you DID want to do some calculations on data, that's pretty easy.

Depends on who is going to USE this tool, of course; if you are the consumer of the data, then the simplest tool is the best tool. If you are going to have customers who use the thing you build, that's a different story.

C or C++ though C++ is easier to use and much more object oriented.There are a lot of C/C++ compilers availabe.

Visual C++ is expensive and Borland is ok.There are free versions of both.

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