Where is Python in the scheme of things?

Demel, Jeff Jeff.Demel at JavelinDirect.com
Thu Oct 5 00:05:31 CEST 2006

Tim Chase wrote:
>Visual Basic compared to Python
>VB shares some interesting aspects with Python...namely it's much
>more readable than the other two. It's syntax is clunky at best,
>with goto's, and cobbled-on exception handling (at least in
>VB-Classic, as opposed to VB.Net with which I have no experience,
>thank goodness). It's good for hammering together a quick form
>and dropping some code behind it.  However, it's not exactly
>portable to other platforms (though there is the Gambas project
>that offers VB-ish development on *nix platforms).  It's not
>terribly object-oriented, so doing OO-related stuff is next to
>impossible.  Functions aren't first-class objects, so you have to
>do some funky workarounds. 

I don't know anything about the Gambas project, but your evaluation here
of VB sounds like you may not have seen it in 5 or 6 years.  Try VB.NET
and see.  Good OO and exception handling.  Fast development.  Clean
looking code.  GoTos are a thing of the far past, hell I didn't even use
them in VB6.

Of course, I do prefer Python.  And so will you, even if you check out
VB.  I just didn't want to see incorrect information on VB get spread
like that.  There are enough real problems with it.  :)

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