Current Toolset

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Because there are so many tools and other choices when developing software, I am trying to standardize on a relatively restricted toolset.

Programming Languages

Current
  • Python (easy to use, but slow, and hard to share with others)
  • Java (because it runs nearly as fast as C/C++ and is more portable)
  • C/C++ for legacy computer forensics software.
Goal
  • Python (easy to use, but slow, and hard to share with others)
  • Java (because it runs faster than C++ and is more portable)
  • Scala

GUI Systems

Current & Past
  • Cocoa on MacOS
  • Python with wxwidgets
Goal
  • Java Swing
  • Python with tkinter (wxwidgets is better, but it is not installed by default and it is hard to get working sometimes.)

There are many better systems, like Cocoa on MacOS. But if you want other people to use your software, it's best sticking with technologies that other people have.

Statistics and Graphing

Current
  • Custom-written programs in Python
  • matplotlib for graphing
Goal
  • I am trying to move to R.

Web Development

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • MediaWiki