[IronPython] Sanity Check re. Legacy Python Code

Gary Kopp geez4 at runbox.com
Mon Mar 24 23:18:36 CET 2008

Thanks for the info, Curt. Stupid of me - I didn't even stop to think about
the issue of binary extensions. I absolutely need numpy! I'll track
Ironclad's progress now that you've made me aware of it. Meanwhile, I'll
think about using Python.Net in the interim, and just try to "embed" NLTK
(GIL and all) in my C# app.





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[mailto:users-bounces at lists.ironpython.com] On Behalf Of Curt Hagenlocher
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Subject: Re: [IronPython] Sanity Check re. Legacy Python Code


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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