hi. i need to write a client application that would open a webpage (a protocol converter's web gui) and refresh it every once in a while. it would also need to read the table at that page (system events) and check if the contents of the table has changed. if it did, the application needs to open a warning pop-up window and sound an audible alarm on the pc's speakers.

i used to do quite a lot of visual basic programming before moving to the telecom industry but i have absolutely no web programming experience except for some primitive html web page creating.

i need your expert advice.

which programming tool(s) is(are) the best suited to write such application?

do you think it will be easy enough to learn these tools and create such application in the matter of, say, a couple of weeks?