Considering migrating to Python from Visual Basic 6 for engineering applications

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Sat Feb 20 13:47:28 EST 2016


On Saturday, 20 February 2016 18:23:26 UTC+2, nholtz  wrote:
> On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:49:44 PM UTC-5, wrong.a... at gmail.com wrote:
> > I am mostly getting positive feedback for Python.
> > ...
> 
> I'm surprised no one has mentioned jupyter yet, so here goes ...
> 
> A browser-based notebook, see http://www.jupyter.org
> 
> I think this is an unparalleled way to learn Python, by experimentation at the start and for development later.  As an example, I wanted to do some table
> processing, so a couple of lines to experiment with Pandas reading CSV files, then a couple of more lines to start processing the data ... What a wonderful way to experimentally develop software ...
> 
> Can even develop simple GUIs *really* easily (but packaging for distribution is probably not easy, unless distribution is only within an organization and that organization can run a private notebook server).
> 
> If you want to try it, this page
> 
> http://jupyter.readthedocs.org/en/latest/install.html
> 
> recommends installing Anaconda Python which installs a *lot* of stuff (numpy, scipy, sympy, pandas, etc. etc.)
> 
> I highly recommend both (I use them for Civil Engineering (structures) software and teach a related university course)

Thanks. This gives me some more confidence that it will be a good choice for my work as well.


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