5 years ago, I wrote an application for using a symbol 8146 using embedded visual basic. Enjoyed the language and based a lot of the work on an example from symbol that I stole bits from - most notably the calls to the scanner.
Now I find that I need to do some work on this again. I'd like an opinion on what direction should I pursue. I have both a 8146 symbol unit that I can program in embedded vb and also have a 8846 that I understand is programmable in .net.
The application is to walk up to a electrical heater in a plant, use the barcode reader to identify the heater, and enter the temperature/load data into the handheld. The handheld then downloads from the cradle into the Access data base to identify the operating conditions and the time when the readings were taken.
Question - Which language and environment would you recommend with regard to learning curve, future work and possible wireless. Most important is that I would like to get some go by code and have you experience finding good examples from Symbol on this?