Hi all. I have decided to work on an enterprise project and would like to create a system, which would be a combination of PDAs (built in with barcode scanners etc.), a main desktop application and a database. I don’t want to go into the details of what the actual project does but in brief, the devices in this system would communicate in such a manner that user input would be required using a PDA from which the data is stored in database based on internet (perhaps a personal physical storage drive which is hosted online acting as a server) which is accessed by all other devices like PDAs and the main application and any data entered in any of the devices is also stored in the same database. The main application should also be able to communicate with a website to fetch certain pieces of information so for example, on a website, it shows number of people who have visited that website on that day which changes every day so my main desktop application should be able to state this number (it is communicating with an online website). Any application for any device I make should also be able to accept updates in future so if I need to add a function, I should be able to do so without hassle and any time consumption.
I need to be able to create an application for windows desktop, create another application which would be installed on every PDA and create a database.
From personal research, I arrived at two main languages (the same language will be used to create the application for PDAs) which both have advantages and disadvantages.
C++ - It is a low level language so it would be ideal to have this installed on a PDA operating on a windows phone especially when communicating with the scanner and other hardware features. I would also like to get into Arduino programming later which will be used in conjunction with this system so this language will become incredibly useful since the libraries for it are mostly in C/C++ languages. There aren’t as many resources available for C++ as there are for C#. C++ would take longer to learn relatively speaking though in this case, it shouldn’t be a problem as I am willing to spend sleepless nights and I am quick learner and furthermore, time isn’t exactly on my side. C++ does not require .NET framework and performance is superior.
C# - Far more resources available. Windows oriented and won’t take longer to build an application which is what I want of course. It won’t take much longer to learn. It requires .NET and is also slow. It could have limited functionality when it comes to communicating with hardware. More tools for C# in Visual Studio than C++.
The question though is that what (other) programming languages should I use? And how do I go about this project in order to achieve the above objective? How do I set up the server and which language is required for this? How would my main desktop application cater for such implementation where communication with an online website is required with live data?
I have also recently acquired Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise Version which by the way costs a lot but given the functions it provides, why not. I would like to use this as the main tool for all the creation work. Also, what kind of hardware and software/OS specification should I look for in PDAs so I can have any custom enterprise application installed on it irrespective of the application size and the complication of it.
Would this PDA be suitable: http://www.symbol.com/product.php?Productid=231
(Click on data sheet tab to view the technical details)
I am also looking for purchasing two PDAs with each costing no more than £100 so if you could point them out to me, that will great. It could be second hand too. Has to have QWERTY along with whatever you think it needs to have.
I have some programming experience and am aware of the main concepts. I would like to have the prototype functioning of my system by early next year 2017 in January. I am also aware that PDAs now come with android as their OS but I am trying to minimise the amount of languages I need to learn so if I have to only learn C++ for main application, I could use the very same language to develop an application for PDA.
I apologise if I have caused confusion as my questions and information are not well structured.
Lastly, I apologise again for this humongous thread. I appreciate you have taken your time out to read my story and mistakes and in case of this, do please correct me where I have wronged as by no means am I an expert.
I will appreciate any input, pointers to any resources, step by step instructions, list of components, devices and/or languages I would need to require to carry out this objective.
Note: This is all what I could think of so far but if I have anything else to add, further edit shall be made in either bold, capital letters or emphasised.
What I have tried:
Have recently installed Visual Studio 2015.