I’m a newbie dev (still in school). I’m pretty sure I have a need to architect a program like this. See below.
I am wondering if it’s possible, and how difficult, to create a Windows 10 program that is architected like this. I have this need for a few reasons:
- The program should be a single exe file that is easy for non tech-savvy users to run. Click and go. Portable program, Windows 10+ only.
- There is a need for future preprocessor file(s) to be added. Essentially, based on the user’s input, a specific pre-processor file will be chosen. Data is preprocessed, then the processor program is called. Some pre-processed data is transferred via IPC. (I did some IPC in an OS class, but it was all within one C program, never two different languages talking to each other, or calling exe files and talking to that.)
- [Why not do it all in one language?] There is a need for future pre-processor files to possibly be in other languages. I don’t want to restrict future devs to just Rust. This is for my employer’s benefit. Talking to other programs via IPC will allow future devs to use their language of choice.
- Python has good UI libraries, whereas Rust’s are still immature. I could get away with Rust, but am choosing python for mostly development speed, I assume I can create a UI faster in Python than Rust right now. (never done it with either language)
I guess my two big questions come down to:
- If I call an exe file from a language, say Python, will that exe file be executed as a child-process that I can now talk to via IPC?
- Can I encapsulate multiple languages, and/or multiple exe files into a single program?
Source: Windows Questions