Is Python like VB?
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Thu Mar 17 08:56:13 CET 2005
Mike Cox wrote:
> As you may or may not know, Microsoft is discontinuing Visual Basic
> of VB.NET and that means I need to find a new easy programming
> heard that Python is an interpreted language similar to VB.
VB is not interpreted. Sure! You can compile it to P-Code if you want
to but most people compile to machine code (like C, C++, Assembler).
You are confusing between static linking in C++ etc and mandatory
dynamic linking with VB runtimes with interpreted languages. VB needs
runtimes but is not interpreted generally.
Python is NOT similar to VB. It is much better as a language. VB is
optimized to what you are doing currently. Python is a more general
> This means that
> it doesn't have all the hard stuff like pointers, classes and
> C, C++ and assembly language.
Python has classes.
C and Assembly do not have classes and templates.
If I remember correctly, VB could have pointers too (Address
> Where I work we use Microsoft Office with a lot of customization
> Visual Basic. I would like to switch to Python to do it since VB is
> discontinued. Would Python meet our requirements? I need to make
> GUI applications (message boxes, forms, etc.) and do the underlying
> logic too.
You will probably find migrating to VB.NET easier than to Python if you
have to do WYSIWYG data bound form design.
VB.NET is quite a nice language (I personally prefer C#). Much nicer
than VB6. Python is better but it may not meet YOUR needs
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