VB to Python migration

Josh josh-post at istedconsulting.com
Mon Jan 30 11:48:18 EST 2006

Nicolas Kassis wrote:
> Josh wrote:
>>We have a program written in VB6 (over 100,000 lines of code and
>>230 UI screens) that we want to get out of VB and into a better
>>language. The program is over 10 years old and has already been
>>ported from VB3 to VB6, a job which took over two years. We would
>>like to port it to Python, but we need to continue to offer
>>upgrades and fixes to the current VB6 version. Does anybody know of
>>ways we could go about rewriting this, one screen at a time, in
>>Python, and calling the screens from the existing program?
>>We are also looking for a graphics toolkit to use. IronPython with
>>it's .NET bindings and ability to integrate with Visual Studio
>>looks good, but leaves that bad MS taste in the mouth.
>>We currently use a MS Access back end and need to migrate to a
>>proper SQL server. We need to leave options open for SQL Server
>>(for customers who want to use existing infrastructure) and
>>something like MySQL or PostgreSQL. But in the mean time, we need
>>to be able to access an MSAccess (Jet) database from Python.
>>Any answers/suggestions/pointers are greatly appreciated.
>>Josh Isted
> For the Database, you should use the SQLObject(sqlobject.org) module.
> Nic

Thanks for the info, I took a look at SQLObject, but I'm not sure if 
that's the way we want to go quite yet. We have a lot of embedded SQL in 
the program and it looks like we'd have to convert it all to SQLObject 
object code, which would just add to the initial complexity of the 
project. I'll keep this bookmarked for future reference but I don't 
think it'll work at the moment.


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