OK, not the best title but in essence true. I have programmed in Quickbasic since 1995. I love the language, but changes in printers, the adddition of USB ports, and the change to DOS emulation on the 2000/NT/XP platforms indicate a need for another language. I wrote a VB.NET console application to work on all Windows printers. As soon as I tried to place it from my XP (Has Visual Net Studios on it) to my 98, I got a message that I would need to install the .Net Framework on my 98 before I could run the program. Quickbasic, as you all probably know, has a stand-alone exe option. You make an exe, distribute it to another computer, and it runs.
My question is this. What other languages would be able to take advantage of the Windows systems (like the Windows printer driver) but would not require any other product downloads to the host computer to run the exe?
Any discussion is welcome,