I want to take a couple of my AHK scripts and rewrite them as truly standalone Windows apps (yes, I know of AHK2exe), so I would like to know of the best programming language to use in that regard. I would prefer something that is lightweight and doesn't depend on things like .NET framework, Java, VBS, etc.
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I have a few AHK scripts that I wrote for work and they have turned out to be immensely useful in ways that I hadn't anticipated. As a result co-workers are asking about using them on their PCs and what not. I know about the AHK2exe tool, but I don't think my IT dept will go for an app that was based around an AHK script, so what I would like to try is see if I can rewrite it to be a truly standalone Windows app. If I did this, I could probably get them to be more receptive in regards to authorizing it for use. The program itself is pretty simple. It just allows for faster navigation of our somewhat poorly organized network drives via command prefixes. We know the name of the file we're looking for most of the time, it's just that getting there can be tedious. So instead clicking through a rabbit hole of folders and sorting down a list to find 'item94688.pdf' you would just type 'doc//94688' and hit enter to do the same thing. I even included a search function in case you don't know the full name. So if I knew the first 3 numbers I would type 'doc??946*" and a search window would open showing all of the files that include 'item946' in the file name.
I wrote the app just for myself so I stuck with an ultra lightweight interface.
C/C++. It will natively be the most lightweight, unless you include a plethora of libraries. It is not dependent on anything and is cross-platform, if designed to be so. It's also what AHK is written in.