[IronPython] dynamic languages and .net 1.0

Gutfreund, Yechezkal ygutfreund at draper.com
Wed Oct 24 15:47:32 CEST 2007

1.       I asked for them back in the 1980s. But I am only one bleeding
edge Ph.D. CS guy, so no one listens to me.

2.       I am impressed with the current level of Visual Basic support
(which, while not being as dynamic as Python, does have late binding).
Is there a roadmap as to when and how deeply Python support in VS Studio
will be. I.e. when will Python be as baked-into VS Studio & .NET
framework as VB currently is? (or perhaps an easier way of asking &
answering - what will still be missing when VSstudio 2008 and .NET 3.0
(or 3.5) is released). 


From: users-bounces at lists.ironpython.com
[mailto:users-bounces at lists.ironpython.com] On Behalf Of Curt
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:05 AM
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Subject: Re: [IronPython] dynamic languages and .net 1.0


On 10/24/07, David Jensen <davidjensen at usa.net> wrote: 

A small question. I assume .net support for dynamic languages,
reflection was not in .net 1.0.   Microsoft started as a compiler
company and
I thought Bill Gates was strongly in favor of interpreted languages. I
it was odd that Microsoft apparently did not supply interpreted
languages in
.net 1.0. Is this because "reflection?" was more difficult to implement
were interpreters a lower priority?


Reflection was fully baked in the initial release of .NET.


Microsoft is pretty good at implementing what its customers are asking
for, though obviously they can't achieve instant turnaround.  Don't be
misled by the current popularity of dynamic languages; when the CLR was
being designed ten years ago, it's likely that none of Microsoft's
customers was asking for them. 



Curt Hagenlocher

curt at hagenlocher.org

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