Considering migrating to Python from Visual Basic 6 for engineering applications

BartC bc at
Sun Feb 21 08:16:07 EST 2016

On 21/02/2016 07:28, Larry Hudson wrote:
> On 02/20/2016 10:38 AM, wrong.address.1 at wrote:

>> Or can I write my own reading subroutines which can then be called like
>> ReadVBstyle 8, ND, NIN, NT
>> to make the code more readable?

> ABSOLUTELY!!  Most Python programming consists of defining the functions
> and classes needed, which definitely makes Python more readable.

> No need for anyone to re-invent the
> wheel!  ;-)

I keep seeing this in the thread. Python has all this capability, yet it 
still requires a lot of fiddly code to be added to get anywhere near as 
simple as this:

   read f, a, b, c

And this is code that is not going to be obvious to anyone starting out. 
Even accepting that syntax limitations might require this to be written as:

   readline(f, a, b, c)

I can't see a straightforward way of making this possible while still 
keeping a, b and c simple integer, float or string types (because 
Python's reference parameters don't work quite the right way).

(There is also the question of 'readline' knowing what types of values 
to read. This information would not be needed in Fortran or Basic but 
somehow needs to be supplied here, if a particular set of types is to 
imposed on the input.)

In other words, it seems this particular wheel does require re-inventing!


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