Hobby - I wish to add some graphics to a real old text game. The center piece will be almost like a star map / layout which could be rotated. People could select on a star / location and pop up a panel along the side where information is displayed, and information can be entered / updated. Of course this means the data is being stored behind the scenes somehow, someway (some database tool? files? Data is limited).
Anyway I've been trying to locate a programming tool or set of tools (along with a database language) to use in programming these rotating graphics, panels, and the like. But there are so many I do not know which to try! I am very experienced at work in Oracle, DB2, PeopleSoft, Cobol, Powerbuilder (plus -- horror --- an asorted set of mainframe languages). But nothing of this graphical of a nature. And it IS for personal use so burrowing the company tech is a no-no. (Platform will be Windows 98 to start)
I want to find three tools to try out for graphics / programming / database processing. All suggestions welcome. First person to suggest a software I choose for one of the three gets 100 points. I'll give 100 points for each of the three I select (so, if your first in suggesting all three I pick, you get 300 and others get zip).