I'm the Lab Manager for a small company in the RF industry and I've recently been asked by our engineer to find a more "up-to-date" programming option for automating my bench testing/calibration procedures (sub-assembly testing and top level calibration). I DID NOT write any of the current code that we have for testing and the person/people that did write it have not worked here for about two years. We currently use Visual Basic express 2008 and Visual Studio 6.0. I understand that these are extremely old and I am to the point where I can not even use my new computer because the old style software is not compatible with Windows 7. I've tried upgrading to the newest version of Visual Studio and my old code is not even compatible with the newer versions. I have little knowledge of programming but am very familiar with the equipment that I am using (I can basically troubleshoot and modify what I currently have). I'm looking for a good language to learn that will work best with using my equipment (DMM's, Power supplies, power meters, spectrum analyzer, etc..) If you need more information to help me out I will try my best to answer any questions that you might have. I'm extremely open to anything and am willing to take online training or whatever is necessary.
Thanks in advance for any input.