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Development of program

Development of program

Development of program

I do not know whether I am posting my concerns in the right forum or not. I am a aircraft structural engineer. I always encounter new or updated loads on wings from aerodynamics.I generally use excel and convert these loads into FE nodal loads.Now I want to write a generalised program for nodal load computation. I want back end computations and fore end inputs as well. What language/ software like python,Fortran, javanet ,visualc++.....etc...can be used to program efficiently .
Thanks in advance.

RE: Development of program

you have series of text files to read and then write. You don't need a fancy gui, and you don't need computational efficiency.

As such a modern language may be rather over the top, if you don't like Excel for whatever reason then personally of the others I'd steer clear of Fortran as it is a bit finnicky about file formats, so matlab, octave, python, scilab would be my choice. It's a very simple problem, back in the day qbasic would have been my choice.


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RE: Development of program

Use Excel as your graphical user interface, and use Excel's VBA for file handling.

RE: Development of program

Excel is ubiquitous and a tool that can be adapted to a great variety of needs. If you're comfortable with it, the go for it. Your application may be able to be designed to use practically all VBA or no VBA. But design it with careful thought. I like to think in terms of a generalized application whenever practical.

Post back for help or advice when needed.


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RE: Development of program

I should have said "use VBA for file handling and data manipulation."

RE: Development of program

Thanks all for your valuable suggestions. Yes I have heard of qbasic recently.Most of you are suggesting Excel in association with VBA. Probabaly I need to use Excel in a more efficient way .

RE: Development of program

Please explain how you're currently using Excel and your ideas for making it a generalized application.


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