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    Ohiomoba Caxton Guest

    What is the best development tool for engineering software


    Hello!
    Please I'm a final year student of chemical engineering. I'm working on a
    final year project concerned with the development of a process simulation
    software.

    My problem is that, to choose a suitable platform with which to develop this
    software, i need to critique all possible development platforms (VB 6.0,
    VC++, Java, Delphi etc.)

    Where can I get a critique of all visual programming languages or better
    still a comparism of visual programming languages?, Which rapid application
    development tool is in your opinion best suited for engineering applications.

    I'll be very grateful if i get a speedy reply to my question.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Ohiomoba caxton.


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    Ralph D. Cole Guest

    Re: What is the best development tool for engineering software


    "Ohiomoba Caxton" <ohio_olumide@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >Hello!
    >Please I'm a final year student of chemical engineering. I'm working on

    a
    >final year project concerned with the development of a process simulation
    >software.
    >
    >My problem is that, to choose a suitable platform with which to develop

    this
    >software, i need to critique all possible development platforms (VB 6.0,
    >VC++, Java, Delphi etc.)
    >
    >Where can I get a critique of all visual programming languages or better
    >still a comparism of visual programming languages?, Which rapid application
    >development tool is in your opinion best suited for engineering applications.
    >
    >I'll be very grateful if i get a speedy reply to my question.
    >
    >Yours Faithfully,
    >Ohiomoba caxton.
    >


    I also work with Process Control and have to do this type of research periodically
    for proposals. Your best bet for 'higher-level' comparison's and critiques
    is to use the search engines for Magazines, Trade Journals, and Associate
    Journal Articles (Google being on of the best). Books and pre-release White
    Papers tend to become outdated quickly.

    Also if I may humbly suggest: You need to narrow your process down to a few
    specific types of processes, retort, batch, bomb, etc.. If you don't you
    will soon find yourself in the middle of multiple, multi-variant analyses
    which is a quick road to maddness. <g>

    The other problem, is contrary to what you are probably being told in school;
    Process control software choices are far more affected by hardware, instrumentation,
    controls (e.g. polled Galil vs PLC), counters, etc., and real-time service
    levels needs, than by software "features". Add these elements to your "narrowed
    process view".

    For example, even VB will work with a 'vat' that has ramp times of 10 and
    30 minutes. However, any one that picks Java with an Xlib based GUI for an
    envelope with < 1 second steps, deserves the inevitable plant destruction
    and lawsuits that will follow. <g>

    -ralph



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