[IronPython] Is any one use IronPython in your project?

Sylvain Hellegouarch sh at defuze.org
Thu Nov 23 08:46:55 CET 2006

Kevien Lee wrote:
> Hi,
> Now ,Ironpython had release some time,but i want to konw is any one use
> IronPython in your project?
> As a dynamic language ,what it will bring us some advantage for
> project,which the  advantage C#,VB.net couldn't have?

>From a Python user POV, IP is far from being good enough as it is now. I
have actually hard times understanding why it went in version 1.0 so
fast. Don't get me wrong IP is stable and is good implementation of
Python but it is only a milestone towards a truly useful platform.

Basically it seems IP only implements the language itself but as we have
seen on this list since it was released only a handful of Python modules
can be run as-is within IP. I do hope the next milestone will focus on a
much better support of those external packages. To achieve this goal the
IP team will have to look at IPCE and understand what needs to be done
first (support more of the stdlib and third-party modules).

IP as a language is cool but we cannot run most of our common Python
packages on it, making it as useful as a cherry on top of a cake. Nice
but not essential. Make IP a cake in itself and you'll have a winner.

However I have a feeling IP has been more relevant to regular .NET users
coming from C# who wanted to keep their platform while making a step
towards dynamic languages. That's great and I'm sure once they'll start
they won't be able to stop, but for now I have not found IP entirely
satisfying coming from Python itself and I hardly do anything productive
with it (while I'd really like to).

- Sylvain

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