Considering migrating to Python from Visual Basic 6 for engineering applications

wrong.address.1 at wrong.address.1 at
Thu Feb 18 12:49:54 EST 2016

On Thursday, 18 February 2016 18:06:29 UTC+2, Chris Angelico  wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 2:49 AM,  <wrong.address.1 at> wrote:
> > Thanks. You have guided me quite well, and I am almost ready to declare that I will use Python for the next few decades.
> >
> Don't declare like that - just start using it, and see what you think
> :) But I would be very much surprised if Python doesn't get added to
> your toolbelt. A good programmer should always keep a selection of
> tools handy - seldom is one tool the right one for every job.
> > Imagine I want to read in two (or a few) numbers from a text file, display them in two (or more) text boxes, calculate their sums and products, may be take logarithms of them, and display them in other two text boxes or labels, and make some bar charts, scatter plots, and later draw curves and surfaces on a computer screen. Do I really need PyPi or other external stuff for this? Is Python well equipped for this?
> >
> You could do all of that with just the standard library, but then your
> only choice of GUI library is Tkinter, which is derived from Tcl/Tk.
> If you don't like how that looks (either in your code, or in the
> resulting GUI), you'll need to turn to PyPI for an alternative (eg
> something derived from GTK or wxWindows or Qt). I'm not sure how the
> graphing capabilities of Tkinter are, so you might want to grab
> matplotlib too - again, it'll give you a lot more flexibility than you
> would have if you restrict yourself to *just* the standard library.
> But I think you could do all of that - certainly most of it - with
> just the language and standard library.

What do I lose by using an external library? Bigger size of the *.exe is not a problem, neither is speed an issue. It might even be easier to learn with these external libraries, and produce more readable code.

> > I will have to learn GUI creating quickly after I know the basics of reading and writing text files, and doing simple mathematical calculations.
> >
> Reading and writing text files is easy, as is basic mathematics.
> You'll have that down in an hour or two, most likely, and then you'll
> have time to play GUIs.

That is good.

> > Later I can imagine using things like sending an SMS from a phone running this on Android, or placing a graph in a WhatsApp message, make a call to someone and tell him the temperature is now too high, etc. These things might need external libraries, but I can learn this later on.
> >
> Those things will most likely require external libraries. But most of
> them are probably possible.
> ChrisA

Thanks again for your input.

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