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Formerly I worked as a computer programmer (Fortran and C programming languages). When I wanted to write a recreational computer program, something more complex than I could implement using a spreadsheet, I quickly realized that modern PCs no longer include a no cost Basic interpreter along with their operating system.
Then I learned that Fortran and C both are obsolete, and I began to investigate modern programming environments. Microsoft's .NET technology stack offers a complete turnkey commercial capability, IBM and Oracle each offer Java-based complete turnkey commercial capabilities, and open source Java-based environments (e.g., Apache Tomcat) are economical. But the programs produced on the different vendors' Java-based programming environments are not always interoperable (i.e., not mutually compatible).
In the used marketplace I purchased the following software and documentation as an affordable modern programming environment implementing Microsoft's Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET:
This development package is designed to be installed on a Windows 2000 Server supporting a programmer/analyst group, but it provides a standalone capability when installed on a Windows NT 4.0 Workstation. More recent versions of Visual Studio .NET (additional features) are compatible with programs produced on this version of Visual Studio .NET.
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