[IronPython] pywin32 on Iron Python?

Jeff Hardy jdhardy at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 01:48:44 CEST 2009

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:30 PM, Dino Viehland <dinov at microsoft.com> wrote:
> Sorry Jeff, you're right.  I had started this a long time ago just as a fun thing
> to hack on every now and then and it's recently gotten good enough that it seems
> like it can make it into 2.6.  So it's a bit of an oddball - even if we had a
> place for me to claim that I was working on it it's doubtful that I would have
> actually claimed it until about a week or two ago...

That's about how I started, too (that, and I wanted to get the csvn
bindings working), and about the same time I felt comfortable making
it public.

The problem as I see it is that you can't take any of the work I've
done (on the off chance that my version has something novel ;)), and
even once it's in the trunk, the only thing I can do to improve it is
file bug reports. I know you have to go through the lawyers - and I
can only imagine how much fun that must be - but I do wonder what the
difference is between IR (which accepts library contributions) and IP
(which doesn't).

Is the plan to wait until the DLR is out of the IronPython tree, to
avoid any IP issues with it? Or is it, like most things, simply too
many things to do and not enough bodies?

> The good news is there's no other surprises like this lurking - we've generally
> been focused on 2.6, bugs, and startup perf - but ctypes is the #1 feature
> request so it seemed worthy of working on it.
> Maybe we should add a 2.6 Plan page to the CodePlex site?  I'm sure there's more
> information than just what new features we expect to be included that could
> go there.

I think a listing of what's planned to 2.6 would be great - especially
the parts that aren't in 2.0 already. I assume all of the CPython 2.6
features will be in there, but what are the holes in IPy 2.0 that 2.6
is going to fill? Also, at least an estimated timeline - I've heard
'fall' as an estimate, but something a little more concrete would be
nice :).

- Jeff

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