Python for VB6 programmers (was Re: Complexity of standard Python data structures)

yaipa h. yaipa at
Thu Apr 17 08:00:48 CEST 2003


Here in the SF Bay Area I have only met one VB programmer willing to say
that he uses The other VB programmers I find are talking about
either sticking with VB6 (most), taking Java courses (some) or playing 
around with the C# idea (few).  Most share my feelings about the .net
thing. That it will not be stable until release +3.x and there are 
little to no existing libraries. You know, batteries. ;-) So yes there 
is a window and it is wide open.

With that said, without a slick, stable GUI builder with all the 
look and feel of the VB GUI builder it's a long way from here
to there. I mean what do you expect them to do, pass in command-line 
arguments or hand assemble TK widgets. :^) 

People have said it in the past, the Python community needs to
pick ONE of the Python wxWindow GUI builders currently under
development and really promote the hell out of it.



aahz at (Aahz) wrote in message news:<b7kqr8$jsq$1 at>...
> In article <Wrena.33096$T34.876856 at>,
> Alex Martelli  <aleax at> wrote:
> >Steve Holden wrote:
> >>
> >> You'd do better to call it "Python for VB programmers", expecially since
> >> the change to VB6 is so radical that migrating to a new and more sensible
> >> language might be an attractive option to some!
> >
> >Changes from VB5 to VB6 weren't all that radical.  It was the change
> >from VB6 to VB.NET, aka VB7, that was the shocker (dozens of backwards
> >incompatible changes -- mostly taking VB's semantics closer to Python's,
> >btw, and therefore actually for the better, but still...).  I thought
> >the window of opportunity -- millions of VB6 programmers reluctant to
> >move to dotNET -- had more or less closed by now, but Aahz apparently
> >has identified that it's still open.  If that perception is correct,
> >then the book would indeed have quite a target-market, potentially.
> Correct.  I was at the Waterside Conference last week (put on by my
> agent's company, aimed at writers and publishers).  One presentation
> claimed that a recent survey found 50% of VB6 programmers refusing to
> upgrade to  While that's likely overstated, that's a good
> indication of where the market currently is, and even a tiny fraction of
> that market would be a big boost for us.

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