Nice… I will have to check that out.
Anyone who has used Microsoft Excel(s msft) since 1993 has likely dabbled at least once with VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications, scripting: That’s the year Excel 5.0 arrived with VBA support. The feature allows users to create automated tasks and functions in the spreadsheet application, extending the software’s potential.
Now, a pair of MIT students have created an plug-in alternative to VBA called IronSpread, which uses the cross-platform Python scripting language.
As I watched the video demo of IronSpread, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the “Should you learn to code?” meme a few weeks back. IronSpread is a perfect example of why you should, if you have the desire.
You can see the benefits here immediately through the video demonstrations: Comparable Python scripts contain about one-quarter the code of a VBA script. Obviously you have to know what you’re doing in Python, but it seems to…
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