Considering migrating to Python from Visual Basic 6 for engineering applications

Mike S mscir at
Sat Feb 20 22:52:34 EST 2016

On 2/19/2016 8:58 PM, Denis Akhiyarov wrote:
> On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1:49:44 PM UTC-6, wrong.a... at wrote:
>> I am mostly getting positive feedback for Python.
>> It seems Python is used more for web based applications. Is it equally fine for creating stand-alone *.exe's? Can the same code be compiled to run on Linux or Android or web-based?
>> Is it possible to create GUI elements with a good IDE? Can they be defined like in Visual Basic with given sizes, fonts, visible/invisible, etc.?
>> Is it easy to do matrix operations in Python? Or do I need to write subroutines like in Visual Basic?
>> Could someone kindly tell me advantages and disadvantages of Python? Or any better options? I have like 40-50 VB Forms and may be around 20000 lines of code. It will be a task to learn a new language and translate/re-write that code.
>> Thanks for your responses.
> I'm surprised that no one mentioned this tool called vb2py.
 > It looks outdated, but I actually used it successfully to convert vba 
code to python,> once all dependencies were installed correctly :)
> You can also understand how vb objects map to python objects.
> vb2py has also minimal support for GUI conversion.
> Someone has even forked it on github recently:

Thanks! I have a lot of VB6 and VB.NET code and I'm learning Python 
thinking about doing machine learning, this might come in handy for 
other programs!

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