[IronPython] DLR, OS X/Linux & other languages

Miha Valencic miha.valencic at gmail.com
Fri Dec 26 21:48:47 CET 2008

[I hope this is not too off-topic...]

What is wrong? Nothing I guess -- if you have full WPF at the other end.
Probably WPF (or WCF in my example) is not the right example -- due to
dependencies further down the road.

Reduced set or not, you will end up with extensions/additions to base class
library. You have extensions/additions with SL as well -- be it custom UI
controls or some other backend libraries that make your life easier. (it is
the same with desktop development). So you end up bringing those libraries
along with your apps.

Now the point of my ... writing/thinking is not how to bring in additional
DLLs but how far are we from having the Silverilght programming model (with
DLR + CoreCLR + XAML) with the whole extensibility model as a [lightweight]
desktop programming model as well?

So that, regardless of my platform of choice (Linux, OS X, Windows
XP/Vista/7?), I can develop apps in the language of choice (be it a dynamic
beast or a statically typed beast or something in between :)), and have it
run on multiple platforms -- and on the web.

Basically, we would need an environment to run Silverlight applications on
the desktop as a "first class applications" with access to the full
.NET/Mono/xy API where applicable. Something like desklets apparently

It seems pretty awesome to me that I would be able to choose the language
and have a great tooling support (UI controls, BCL subset..., VisualStudio)
and that I could develop for the web and for the desktop using the same
technology and paradigms.



2008/12/26 Keith J. Farmer <kfarmer at thuban.org>

>   What's wrong with targetting a full WPF host (assuming that Mono's WPF
> support is sufficient at the time)?
> Either stick to the reduced set or not.  Don't try to turn the one into the
> other :)
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