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    Question Visual LISP vs VBA

    Hi everyone,

    Our business is planing to give some AutoCAD training to few of our people.

    One of the things we have to decide is if we should invest in learning Visual LISP or VBA.

    Which one is the more accurate for a small business as there is no more VBA editor included with Acad 2010?

    We are actually running on AutoCAD 2008 but planning to move up to 2010 in the next year.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    The reason Autodesk didn't include the VBA editor is that they are trying to discourage its use. VBA was killed by Microsoft years ago, and Autodesk isn't going to continue limping it along.

    Forget VBA, lisp is great for many things, but the API is limited and will continue to grow more limited as long as new objects are added to AutoCAD.

    .NET seems to be the natural progression for exiting VBA users.
    More info: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...112&id=1911627
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    Default Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    You may also want to look at this thread which discusses the subject.
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    Default Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    Since I don’t really know what the life expectancy is for VBA I would take it out of the equation. Then decide between Visual Lisp or VB.Net.

    Another thing to consider is that more people know LISP than VB (Anything). With that in mind LISP writers are easier to replace in regards to employee turnover.

    Last but not least… I can do most drawing manipulation with Scripting or LISP. And while that is also true for VB… I usually reserve VB for anything that requires a dialog box (I’m lazy and don’t want to mess with DCL LOL), batch processes (i.e. multiple drawings) or for making AutoCAD interact with other software (i.e. Excel, Word, databases).

    Hope that helps

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    Hi all,

    Thanks for taking time to answer my question. This helped me to seize the difference and I can now make a wise choice.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    The new replacement for VBA is VSTA, hopefully AutoDesk will be providing some training on that in the near future.

    AutoLisp is great and fast, but both have a place.

    Bottom line is don't start looking at VBA, it won't be supported for too much longer, LISP and VSTA are the way to go and it will need to be a combination of the two.

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    Question Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    Quote Originally Posted by cwade.109269 View Post
    The new replacement for VBA is VSTA
    Do you have some references to confirm this? I've only seen this as speculation. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    I think they were speaking generally as 2010 does not include vsta. But it is coming.
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    Default Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Jobe View Post
    But it is coming.
    Says who? That is what I'm trying to figure out.
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    Default Re: Visual LISP vs VBA

    Quote Originally Posted by rkmcswain View Post
    Says who? That is what I'm trying to figure out.
    Folks I talked to at adn last fall.
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