[IronPython] Learning IronPython?

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Sat May 20 00:29:18 CEST 2006

Lesley & Mitch Barnett wrote:
> Hello,
> I am sure this question has been answered before, but I can’t find the 
> answer... I am a C# programmer and have been using MS technologies 
> since 1991.
> However, I know little about IronPython. Can anyone suggest any books 
> or reading material to get me up to speed ASAP? Is there anything 
> special about IronPython that is different than Python?
IronPython almost has full Python 2.4 compliance, so it is not very 
different from Python at all.

In addition 'translating' MSDN docs for use with IronPython is quite easy.

At ResolverSystems we are building a full desktop application using 
IronPython and encountering very few difficulties. The only .NET 
functionality we have found that isn't exposed to IronPython (for which 
we have had to use C#) are a few parts needed for our functional tests. 
Only our program launcher uses C# in our production code.

This means you should find it easy to interface .NET code to IronPython. 
There are possibly some limitations that I haven't yet found. For 
example, I believe it is not yet possible to compile Python scripts.

If you have specific Python questions then comp.lang.python is a good 
place to ask :


For a good introduction to Python, the following online book is often 
recommended :


For IronPython questions and Python-.NET interaction questions, this is 
a good forum to ask.

Hopefully in the next few days I will do a brief tutorial on using 
Windows Forms with IronPython. It will only show the basics, but that 
ought to be enough to show how to read the MSDN docs from a Python 

All the best,

> I have downloaded the latest IronPython Beta and went through the 
> tutorial and have also been through the April VSSDK examples to a 
> certain degree.
> Sorry if this is a repeat question.
> Regards,
> Mitch
> http://softwareindustrialization.com 
> <http://softwareindustrialization.com/>
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