Why do people still use VBA?

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  • stdVBA

    VBA Standard Library - A Collection of libraries to form a common standard layer for modern VBA applications.

    I have invested copious amounts of time into building VBA libraries (https://github.com/sancarn/stdVBA) and as much as I love vba there are some highly limiting actual problems with VBA (https://sancarn.github.io/vba-articles/issues-with-vba.html) which really hurt the language. But yes a large portion of the hate VBA gets is from the state of VBA projects (https://sancarn.github.io/vba-articles/why-is-vba-most-dread...)

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    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.

  • riot

    Simple and elegant component-based UI library

  • IncPy

    IncPy: An auto-memoizing Python interpreter that enables incremental recomputation

    In the notebook context the main gripe is that notebooks have the "invisible" memory state that means that one can't deduce from the notebook code what it actually does. Or more concretely the order of execution of the cells affects what the notebook does. This leads to sort of higher level side-effects. With usual side effects you get spaghetti, with notebooks you get moving spaghetti in five dimensional space.

    Immutability and idempotencency are good, and related, ideals too, although I think these can get too "unergonomic" if taken too dogmatically (like in Haskell or Redux), they should be used with almost goto-level discretion.

    Of course there's the clear (short term) usability benefit of maintaining the memory state in that stuff doesn't have to be recomputed. But we can have that benefit and be stateless with pure functions and memoization. I quite often whip up a buggy and brittle ad-hoc solution to do so. There was also the IncPy project [1] that did this more rigorously, but it hasn't been updated in 13 years.

    In general I'm a bit baffled why pure function memoization is so rarely used or proposed. Despite the old adage, cache invalidation is not actually half of the three hard problems in CS. With pure functions it's trivial.

    [1] https://github.com/pajju/IncPy

  • stdVBA-examples

    I do RPA from VBA personally using IAccessiblity. See stdAcc (https://github.com/sancarn/stdVBA/blob/master/src/stdAcc.cls) and an example (https://github.com/sancarn/stdVBA-examples/tree/main/Example...)

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