[IronPython] Announcing IronPython 2.6.1 RC1

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Wed Feb 10 23:30:39 CET 2010

Congratulations and thanks and make sure Jimmy updates IronPython.net 
with the new announcement. :-)


On 10/02/2010 21:55, David DiCato wrote:
> Hello Python Community,
> We're pleased to announce the release of IronPython 2.6.1 RC1. This 
> version of IronPython makes great strides in stability and 
> compatibility, including a considerable number of targeted bugfixes. 
> Because this is our largest servicing release to date, and due to our 
> decision against incrementing the assembly version numbers, it is 
> important that we get everything right. To this end, we present our 
> first-ever RC for a minor dot release. Of course, your feedback is 
> imperative to the quality of this release, so we'd love to hear from you!
> IronPython 2.6.1 comes in two flavors -- one that runs on top of .NET 
> 4.0 RC, and one that runs on any other framework starting with .NET 
> 2.0 SP1.  They can be downloaded here:
> - IronPython 2.6.1 RC1 for .NET 2.0 SP1: 
> http://ironpython.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=40144
> - IronPython 2.6.1 RC1 for .NET 4.0 RC: 
> http://ironpython.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=40146
> Note: The .NET Framework 4.0 RC is required for the latter release and 
> can be downloaded at 
> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9ef9a95-58d2-4e51-a4b7-bea3cc6962cb&displaylang=en 
> <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9ef9a95-58d2-4e51-a4b7-bea3cc6962cb&displaylang=en>
> IronPython 2.6.1 RC1 includes fixes for well over 50 bugs, large and 
> small. Ctypes has had a number of significant updates, including union 
> support, variant_bool, and wintypes. Another focus has been on 
> sys.settrace, making debugging more reliable. For example, 
> sys.settrace now returns the correct frame, supports tracing through 
> modules, and no longer interferes with "import os". Other notable 
> fixes include thread-safe importing, and the missing error code in 
> _winreg exception.
> In addition, we've made a substantial improvement in import time. Not 
> only does this reduce startup time, but can speed up the importing of 
> large, definition-heavy modules by up to 50%.
> As you might imagine, the .NET 4.0 flavor of IronPython 2.6.1 RC1 has 
> a few of its own changes designed for better interoperability with the 
> framework. These include fixing some errors with Func<> and better 
> runtime isolation when similarly-named assemblies in different 
> locations are loaded in multiple engines. In addition, both the .NET 
> 2.0 and .NET 4.0 builds support the new .NET 4.0 IStructuralEquatable 
> and IStructuralComparable interfaces and maps them to the  appropriate 
> operations (__eq__, __hash__, __gt__, etc.). In the case of .NET 4.0, 
> this replaces IValueEquality as the gold standard for defining 
> equality in an interop-friendly manner. In the .NET 2.0 build, these 
> interfaces are copied so that their use can be phased in while 
> retaining IValueEquality for backwards compatibility.
> Special thanks to Albert Szilvasy, cendalc, clovery, egonw_, essey, 
> fabiofz, igalse, jazzcat, jlunder, laughingboy, marten_range, László 
> de Almásy, lbaker, Lukas Cenovsky, pl6306, roinet, sanxiyn, Thomas 
> Heller, vernondcole, and Wolfram for reporting issues. Happy Scripting!
> - The IronPython Team
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