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Hi! I really like AutoIt!

Can cessation of programming language support in future? For example in ten years.. 2030..

..what are the perspectives of language in the future? ..latest versions rarely come out((

I confess: i writing a big program.. i worry will not disappear AutoIt in the future?

Me it is not too late switch to C#..


1. Sorry my english language.
2. I will be glad to any messages.


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Microsoft cannot tell you what will happen in 10 or 20 years - so it is a bit much to ask a bunch of amateurs! But what we can say is that as long as the Windows API remains backwards compatible (which seems a pretty good bet at the moment) then AutoIt will continue to function more or less in the same manner as now. If Windows changes completely then obviously AutoIt will cease to function with the newer versions.

As to new releases of AutoIt - it does most things that the people using it need to do now, so what else would you like to see added? Remember that everyone involved in development of the core code or standard UDFs is a volunteer and as such can only devote a limited amount of their time. And that as an interpreted language there are limits on such things as speed of execution, multi-threading (or the lack of it), and several other areas.

You speak of a choice between C# and AutoIt - that is a question of apples and pears and much would depend on what exactly you want this "big program" of yours to do. If you could give more details about it I am sure that those here familiar with both languages would be more than happy to give their opinion.



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It is pretty unclear what you are after, so please try to explain what it is you want to know.
In General: AutoIt3 is written is C++ and of course is using many standard Windows API calls.....   but that should be obvious ...right? 


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10 years in the life of a software is terribly long.  You should know that you will probably need to rewrite your program after 4-5 years because of requirement changes, technology changes, organisational changes, strategy changes.  I have been developing software almost all my life.  And one thing I truly believe in, is to get a software out as fast as you can (with the highest possible standards) to help the staff of your company or client staff and make your software evolves over time, knowing that in a near future, you will have to rewrite it...

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23 hours ago, SEKOMD said:

I confess: i writing a big program.. i worry will not disappear AutoIt in the future?

What difference does it make if you're writing it now and AutoIt stops being supported? You can write a program in the first version of COBOL if you wanted to, as long as you still have the compiler for it, even though it's not still supported.

Whether Microsoft's API calls stay the same isn't up to the developers of AutoIt, no one can predict that unless they work for MS. If they change, and AutoIt no longer works, then you'll have to find a new language to work in, 10 years from now. As long as MS doesn't change things too drastically, you can keep programming in the language until it doesn't work.

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