ANN: vb2Py 0.2 - VB to Python Conversion

Discussion in 'Python' started by Paul Paterson, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. Version 0.2 of vb2py has been released.

    What is vb2py?
    ==============

    vb2py is a toolkit to aid in the conversion of Visual Basic projects to
    Python. The aim of the conversion is to match, as closely as possible,
    the original VB applications both in terms of code and form behaviour.
    Version 0.2 comprises a basic layout converter (converting to
    PythonCard) with a comprehensive code translation. The project roadmap
    (http://vb2py.sourceforge.net/roadmap.htm) shows the project's
    development timeline.

    Converting VB to Python turns your VB projects into cross platform
    developments and allows full access to all Python's extensive library of
    modules.


    What's new in v0.2
    ==================

    The key development in v0.2 is the inclusion of the full VB code parser
    and converter. Whereas v0.1 was just a form layout converter, v0.2
    parses all the VB code and translates it to the equivalent Python code.
    All major code constructs from VB are covered (Sub, Fn, If, While, For,
    Select, With, Classes, Properties, Types, etc) and most instrinsic
    functions and constants are implemented as Python equivalents.

    The other major addition to v0.2 is the inclusion of a GUI to enable the
    progress of the conversion to be monitored and tweaked using the options
    system. The GUI is a PythonCard application running on top of the main
    vb2py library. The GUI is not required to convert VB code, a fully
    functioning command line alternative is available.

    Linux is now supported (this was badly broken in v0.1!)


    Limitations of v0.2
    ===================

    - Form layout translation is still at the v0.1 level. (target v0.3)
    - Control event mapping is still primitive (target v0.3)
    - Error handling, ByRef argument passing, Iterable classes are not
    currently supported (target v0.4)


    Getting the Software
    ====================

    * The main website: http://vb2py.sourceforge.net
    * Download this version: http://vb2py.sourceforge.net/downloads.htm
    * Documentation: http://vb2py.sourceforge.net/documentation.htm


    Requirements
    ============

    * Python 2.2 or greater
    * PythonCard (0.7 or greater), wxWindows
    * simpleparse (2.0.1a2 or greater), mxTools
    * Visual Basic is *not* required (although it would help if you had some
    VB code ...)


    Licence
    =======

    vb2py is released under the BSD licence.


    Release History
    ===============

    0.1 (July 9, 2003) - The first release from the project - a basic
    form layout translator
    0.1.1 (August 1, 2003) - A bugfix release for 0.1
    0.2 (September 8, 2003) - This release


    Contributors Welcome
    ====================

    This project would not be possible without the help and support of many
    people. Anyone who wants to get involved is more than welcome to
    participate in coding, testing, giving advice, etc. Some particular
    areas of interest right now are,

    - testing on large VB projects
    - testing on Mac
    - testing out with VBScript, VBA

    In the meantime I would like to thank all those who supported and
    contributed towards the v0.2 release.

    ----

    Paul Paterson

    vb2py :: A Visual Basic to Python Conversion Toolkit
    http://vb2py.sourceforge.net
    Paul Paterson, Sep 9, 2003
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