From batch scripts to my own web content management system, I feebly attempt to program things that are useful and creative. I have tons of projects started, but none are finished. There has never been a piece of software or script that does 100% of what I want it to do, and that's why I do it. I endeavor to program scripts, applications, and web sites that do what I want and maybe help someone else in the process. 

The main purpose here is to keep track of programming tips, tricks, sample code, and general reference material that I don't want to google, again, for the umpteenth time, because I forgot the syntax or the proper command or just flat-out can't remember how to do something. This page is for me, but you might find it useful if you are into this sort of thing.

VB Scripting

posted Oct 7, 2012, 2:33 PM by Joe Bieber

I like scripting in visual basic. Probably because, visual basic is one of the first programming languages I played with. It's easy to use and follow, just about any Windows computer can run vb scripts without necessarily having to install some required program or framework, and it can be a lot of fun. I really enjoy creating HTML applications(HTA) using mainly vb scripting and some good ol' HTML. 

Here's a few resources you might enjoy.

VbsEdit - An great program for scripting in visual basic, plus the download includes HTAEdit. Awesome for creating HTAs.

MS Visual Studio - More than just basic programming is available with Visual Studio. I would try the Express(free) editions.

UltraEdit - This looks interesting but I have not tried it as of yet. Not free.

MSDN Visual Basic Programming Guide - Exactly what it says it is.

TechNet script center - A great resource for creating HTAs.

HTA Helpomatic -  An HTA to help you create your own HTAs.

Java Programming

posted Jan 27, 2012, 6:12 AM by Joe Bieber   [ updated Aug 4, 2012, 9:21 AM ]

You don't need an IDE (Integrated Development Environment), but it sure makes things easier. There are many to choose from, but the most popular seem to be Eclipse and NetBeans. I'm currently working with Eclipse and I like it.
At the least, you are going to want to use a text editor that will properly highlight your syntax.

Here is a short list of IDEs.
  • Eclipse - My personal favorite. Open source, cross-platform, and written in JAVA.
  • Netbeans - I like it a lot. Good GUI builder, cross-platform, and also written in JAVA. 
  • BlueJ - Great for learning JAVA programming concepts, cross-platform, and written in JAVA.
  • JCreator - Only runs in Windows and written in C++.
  • IntelliJ - Cross-platform, written in JAVA, and the community addition is free to use.
Here is a short list of text editors.
  • Emacs - Open source, cross-platform and written in C, Emacs, Lisp
  • Jedit - Open source, cross-platform and written in JAVA
  • Notepad++ - Open source, Windows only, written in C++
  • Vim - Open source, cross-platform, written in C, Vimscript
  • Gedit - Open source, cross-platform written in C, Python
  • KGeditate - Open source, cross-platform written in C++

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