I am providing plugins for a third-party application:
- Is there a language (and API) I could use that would allow me to create an installer/program quickly and with the least headaches? The languages I know are C++, C# and Python.
- Is there an industry-standard way to provide/install plugins for a third-party application (which only works on Windows 2000 and later)? The application developers encourage programmers to expand their application through plugins, so the expansions/plugins are legal. Is it best to use an installer, normal program or something else I'm not aware of?
What I am developing:
I am making a Windows installer (or any other program you think would be best) that will install plugin files for an existing third-party surveying application. The files should be stored in different directories depending on which version (version 2000, 2003, 2008) of the surveying application they have.
What I plan to do (but looking for advice):
I am thinking that I'll make this program as an installer in Python, because I think Python with give me the fastest development time compared to the other languages I am most experienced with (C++ and C#) and because AFAIK I can bundle the plugin files within the installer EXE file so the user only has to download one file.
I don't know if this is possible for an installer, but when the installation runs I will run a script that will determine where to place the plugin files (depending on the version I'll place them in either
C:/program files/ThirdPartyApp2008 or
C:/ThirdPartyApp2000) based on what version of the third-party application the user has.