I need to build an application for a simple job: periodically throughout the day, check the contents of a series of ASCII files to insure that the contents have not changed. If they have not, sleep until the next check. If one or more have changed, alert a person with a flashing red dialogue box.
So the question is this: what language or combination of languages would you recommend for this task?
The solution will need to run on a PC operating under Win2k, and the files it needs to check reside on across the LAN on a (you're going to love this part) Dec Alpha.