I have been doing a bit of programming in C# and PHP, as well as some Python and a wee bit of C++ in visual studio express. It's kind of nice and it does the trick, except that appearantly none of these allow me to produce regular *.exe files that can run on a Windows machine right there and then, without forcing the user to download .NET Framework, Java virtual machine, or a Python interpreter.
So I am looking for freeware that would allow me to quickly develop and produce standalone Windows applications. I very much like Visual Studio (Express) but it doesn't generate standalone GUI apps.
Could anyone recommend free compilers/IDEs/Languages I could use to quickly produce standalone GUI applications?
I never developped desktop GUIs manually, so I would much prefer a WYSIWYG IDE like the one of Visual Studio.
ALl suggestions are welcomed.