I am a EECE engineering student who likes to dabble in the dark arts (or as you might call it programming).
I can programme in C and C++, i normally use visual studio (console application) to run my programmes.
I need an IDE that would allow the user to enter a number of things and from that information i will be able to generate a ray tracing technique(I will programme it to behave, the way the theory dictates). I would like to than generate an image that of the rays and how they are reflected due to the objects that are there. After that the user will need to press a button
where another image (ideally on a separate dialogue box) would be displayed. This will show the different field strength at different points on the map. Where the electrical field strength is high it will be in red and where it is low it will be in blue, an image like this : electric field strength around the world - Google Search
Finally i would like the user to be able to save these two images.
My question is would windows application, in visual studios allow me to do all of these things that i have outlined?
I am willing to learn how to use the windows application tool in order to make the required images but i just want to be sure that it will be able to do the task in hand.
What I have tried:
I have found out that the console application will not allow me to do this because it is text based.
I have also started watching videos and reading books on how to generate images using windows application in Visual studios.
There is another product that i am looking at which is called POV rays where you can design images too but the quality of the images isn't good and most people are familiar with visual studios.