[IronPython] DLR and VS-Interactive

Jeffrey Sax jeffrey at extremeoptimization.com
Wed May 2 03:06:20 CEST 2007

This is more a DLR than an IronPython question.

There are two 'dynamic' aspects that are covered by the DLR extension to the
CLR. One is runtime support for efficient dynamic typing. The other is the
hosting side: console interface, integration with Visual Studio, etc. These
are useful for other (non-dynamic) languages as well. Case in point: F# has
an interactive console in Visual Studio, but is compiled and statically
typed. This second aspect looks more like an extension of the Visual Studio
SDK, if it wasn't taken straight from the VS Integration samples from the VS

In other words: my impression is that the current DLR is made up of two
separable parts:
1. The actual DLR, which enables efficient dynamic typing on the CLR.
2. "VS-Interactive", a set of extensions to the Visual Studio SDK that turn
Visual Studio into an interactive development environment.

Is this where the refactoring is headed?

Jeffrey Sax
Extreme Optimization

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