[IronPython] Calling external API from IronPython

David Anton dave at tangiblesoftwaresolutions.com
Thu Sep 21 20:43:34 CEST 2006

Is there a way to declare external API functions (non-assembly based) called
from Python code?

e.g., in VB, you'd do something like declare the following stub:
Private Declare Function FriendlyName Lib "kernel32" Alias
"ActualAPIFunctionName"(ByVal SomeString As String) As Integer

e.g., in C#, you'd do it this way:
EntryPoint="ActualAPIFunctionName", ExactSpelling=false,
CharSet=System.Runtime.InteropServices.CharSet.Ansi, SetLastError=true)]
private static extern int FriendlyName(string SomeString);

Or is this irrelevant in Python (and why)?  I'm learning Python and I'm
continually surprised at how many things are just not even relevant in
Python (explicit types, interfaces, abstract methods, namespaces, etc....).

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