[IronPython] Re: MSH vs IronPython

Alex Hoffman ironpython at alexh.sent.com
Fri Oct 1 10:11:39 CEST 2004

I couldn't have said it better myself :)

Larry O'Brien wrote:

>>>What capabilities does MSH have that couldn't be added to Python (or some 
>>>other extensible scriptable language) by building an appropriate library?
>I suspect that the lion's share of work in MSH has not been the scripting
>syntax but has had to do with the infrastructure for creating a "pipes and
>filters" shell architecture that passes around .NET objects. 
>I agree that there are aspects of the MSH syntax that seem gratuitously
>contrarian -- after 15 years of training the developer community to think
>"noun.verb()" they adopt "verb-noun". But it's not really the developers to
>whom they're trying to give a tool, it's the administrators (there's
>overlap, but not nearly complete) and perhaps in some usability study
>"verb-noun" has been shown... I dunno', seems gratuitous to me. 
>But I think it would be a mistake to assume that a Python interactive prompt
>would _necessarily_ be more productive and easier to understand by the
>majority of users. In the best of all possible worlds, I would love to have
>a .profile that essentially provided a Python console as _my_ interactive
>prompt but which would still support push-location pop-location. And Joe
>Administrator can have a "pure" MSH shell and Jane Unix could have a
>bash-like shell. 
>I don't know if MS has made any statements about whether that kind of
>customization will be possible within MSH. 
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