[IronPython] Sanity Check re. Legacy Python Code

Curt Hagenlocher curt at hagenlocher.org
Mon Mar 24 22:58:53 CET 2008

As I understand it, the goal of IronPython is to support the running of that
kind of application -- provided that it doesn't use any binary
extensions[1].  The NTLK webpage is a bit vague on that count, suggesting
that "some users may require" numpy and matplotlib.  If you're not one of
"those users", you should give it a try!

Of course, there's some chance that NLTK won't work correctly under 2.0b1;
your reports in that regard will help all of us by driving IronPython closer
to CPython compatibility.

1: but see also
http://ironpython-urls.blogspot.com/2008/02/ironclad-01-released.html -- for
which numpy support is an explicit goal

On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM, Gary Kopp <geez4 at runbox.com> wrote:

> Would I be correct in assuming that it is _not_ currently the intent that
> IronPython run "arbitrary" existing Python code? I am interested in making
> use of the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), a huge Python 2.5 application,
> in a .NET environment. Clearly, the most powerful approach would be to use
> IronPython, but I'm guessing (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that
> current limitations in the IronPython 2.0b1 implementation are likely to
> present many challenges in running/porting arbitrary "legacy" Python apps.
> My purpose in writing this is simply to find out whether I should even
> bother attempting such a feat.
> --Gary Kopp
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