I am a semi-retired real-time developer (1979 - 2012) conversant with old languages such as C/C++. I am re-entering the market to develop an application dealing with the display of simple graphic objects (coloured circles and other shapes) and measuring time-to-click (to an accuracy of 1/100 seconds). I will start with a PC platform as I am familiar with it and eventually move it to a tablet/phone.

Can someone recommend a cheap/free development platform/language which would facilitate my re-entry into the development world and eventually allow me to develop phone/tablet applications. Thanks, KevanK

1 Answer 1


If you want accurate timing, I would normally say go with a compiled language, rather than interpreted. That said 100ms is a looooong time, so you can go interpreted if you want to.

Stick with C/C++ for the PC and you can also use them for the tablet/phone.

BUT, since you don't say which tablet/phone system, be aware that you IoS uses Swift, which is a dialect of C.

If you want something truly native, and cross-platform, for both Android and IoS, I recommend React Native. It is JavaScript based, but JS is very C/C++ like (although variables are not typed).

Or, you could use Embarcadero's C++ builder, which will let you develop once and cross-compile & run on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. The catch is that although there is a free version, which you can use forever, once you earn more than $k from using it, you have to buy it, and costs $1k. I still love it, though, and have been using it for 15+ years.

  • Please let us know which you choose, as doing so will help others who read this question in future. Jul 8, 2019 at 7:56
  • 1
    Are you sure Swift is a dialect of C? Objective C sure, but Swift doesn’t seems at all C-like to me.
    – Eric S
    Dec 3, 2019 at 2:27
  • It is probable that I was confused. Thanks for pointing that out (they are all Algol, in any case ;-) Dec 3, 2019 at 6:43

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.