Microsoft is bringing Python to Excel

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  • xlwings

    xlwings is a Python library that makes it easy to call Python from Excel and vice versa. It works with Excel on Windows and macOS as well as with Google Sheets and Excel on the web.

  • SurveyJS

    Open-Source JSON Form Builder to Create Dynamic Forms Right in Your App. With SurveyJS form UI libraries, you can build and style forms in a fully-integrated drag & drop form builder, render them in your JS app, and store form submission data in any backend, inc. PHP, ASP.NET Core, and Node.js.

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  • MicroPyScript

    Discontinued MicroPyScript: A test harness for multiple runtimes in PyScript

  • There's https://pyscript.net/ -- or do you mean for scripting the browser's behaviour rather than replacing JS in website code?

  • node-bignum

    Big integers for Node.js using OpenSSL

  • > Many languages that are considered "precision" languages have some form of suffix to denote large/long/arbitrary-sized literals. (C# there's a big useful difference if a literal ends with `m` or `l`.)

    The failure mode is significantly different when comparing JS to other mainstream languages. Most languages have a "checked" mode (either opt-in or mandatory) so that expressions like `4611686018427387904 + 4611686018427387904` can raise an error, whereas JS will just give you the wrong answer. Python is the most ergonomic for beginners or non-developers because the runtime will convert an integral type to an arbitrary precision integer on overflow.

    Yes, there are alternative primitives that can be used, but you need to know they exist. We're talking about a tool that is explicitly designed for people who are not professional programmers, and JS's behavior here is surprising unless you understand the underlying data model. I would personally much rather give beginners a tool incorporating as few footguns as possible.

    > JS is a language with the tools today to do precision arithmetic (whether you like it or not)

    Arbitrary precision arithmetic has been possible in JS since the language was invented, but it has always been a pain. The bignum NPM package[0] predates the BigInt numeric primitive by 9 years. The addition of `BigInt` to ES2020 was important for performance (since implementing an arithmetic primitive in JS makes calculations dog slow), but it didn't add any fundamental affordances to the language.

    [0]: https://github.com/justmoon/node-bignum

  • grist-core

    Grist is the evolution of spreadsheets.

  • https://github.com/gristlabs/grist-core/

  • ironclad

    CPython API compatibility layer for IronPython (by IronLanguages)

  • CopyQ

    Clipboard manager with advanced features

  • Great to hear :)

    Re: a new clipboard app, often people recommend CopyQ, which is cross-platform: https://github.com/hluk/CopyQ

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