[IronPython] ironpython compared to powershell

Vernon Cole vernondcole at gmail.com
Tue May 26 21:02:45 CEST 2009

I am prejudiced.

Several years ago, I was looking for a copy of perl which would run on
Windows, because I needed a better scripting language than a .BAT file
could give.  (This was using Windows 2000.)
  While searching the Internet, I tripped across a comment something
like: "Why would anyone learn perl when python is available?" That was
the first time I had ever heard of python. I looked it up...

I have made very little use of any other language since that day.

Python has IMHO the best syntax of any programming  language I have
ever used -- and I have used plenty.

Python is also one of the most versatile languages I have seen. For example...
I was given the task of keeping several users from attempting to
update the same drawing (autocad file) simultaneously, so I needed a
lightweight version control system for non-text files. I wrote it in
It was too hard for computer illiterate users, so I added a GUI front
end with one of the GUI tool kits available (wyPython).
I had need of a similar system for another application, so I changed
the file structure it used (easy with the os.path module).
I needed it to work across the Internet, so I changed the Windows copy
commands to ftp using a standard Python module.
I needed to share the data with some Linux systems, so copied the
Python source to Ubuntu and ran it. I had to make about three changes
in the source to make it work on either operating system.
(Note: this was CPython, not IronPython. IronPython is catching up.)

So you can learn a scripting language which is limited in scope and is
supported by the richest company in the world (this week at least),
and which therefore will have lots of job openings.
You can learn a scripting language which is easy and fun and open
source and has an active development community worldwide and can also
be used for HUGE projects and web services, but you will have a hard
time selling it in some cases.
Vernon Cole

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 7:58 AM, jocke khazad <khazad1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone!
> I would like you ask this question that I seem not to get an answer for
> anywhere.
> What is the advantage of using ironpython compared to using only powershell?
> Or is it just a personal choice which one you like the best?
> Best Regards,
> Joakim
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