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cherrycoke
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Best Code Language for a Basic Software
My company sells product that we assign lot numbers to. This product is cut off of throughout the day based upon orders so we need to keep track of quantity on each roll using lot numbers. The lot numbers are basically to tell which roll is which and nothing to do with date stamps or manufacturing lots.

Currently my receiving guys make up lot numbers on the fly because the numbers themselves don’t matter (I plan on changing this). I want to code a piece of software that can spit out lot numbers, random or with a meaning. This would be hooked up to thermo label printer so each roll of product can have its own lot code.

I know nothing about coding. Literally nothing. I think it might be fun to try to take this project on myself. What coding language should I look in to for a task as this? This will be Windows based and shouldn’t need to be integrated with any other software, other than the printer driver.

Or better yet, is there something already out there that can do this?

I’ll share by performance bonus and royalty checks with you.


efrad
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
Python. Runs on Windows, runs on almost anything.
Very easy to learn for beginners, very flexible, lots of libraries and existing code you can leverage and reference.
Lots of books and references online to get started for an absolute beginner.


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SG_Geaux
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
I would be shocked if this doesn't exist already.


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Korkstand
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
I will second Python for the same reasons as mentioned.

Generating lot numbers is dead simple. Do you need to store and use the numbers in a particular way, or do you simply need labels?

Do you already have a printer or have one in mind? If not, I would suggest browsing around for python libraries that work with one before choosing. I honestly have never worked with a thermal label printer, but I can't imagine it would be too difficult given a good library.



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lsu02150
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
Yep Python def the right choice if you want try to code something yourself.

Although without knowing much detail about the environment, this sounds to me like something I would solve by just pre-printing rolls of labels ahead of time from excel or most label printers have a basic software offered to do this. Assuming you are fine with keeping the numbers meaningless, preprinting them is the safest way to keep your program from breaking or the receiving guys just deciding they don't like using it, etc.


cherrycoke
Member since Jul 2020
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
For this exercise, I only need labels. We have warehouse logistics software with RF scan guns. Everything we do, sans lots, is barcoded. This software is to fill that void. It will create lot numbers and print corresponding label with barcode. The lots are simply an input into the greater system.

Thermal labels can be wicked fast. Much faster than inkjet label printers. We use a variety of Zebra brand printers, which is a pretty common manufacturer. Sounds like they might be in the Python libraries.


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cherrycoke
Member since Jul 2020
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
To this point the lots are all random. I would like to correct that. I want the software to include logic so each roll of product will have a different lot number. The lot number can be deciphered to determine the day, month, year it was checked in, the warehouse it was check in to, what number roll it was that day, etc.


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Brisketeer
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
Microsoft Access would be fine for something that small. It contains the database, reporting engine, and interface in one complete package. You would have to write some VBA, but most of the work would be dropping fields on a form.


Korkstand
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re: Best Code Language for a Basic Software
Eh, that's a huge dependency to add for something so simple.


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