[IronPython] Announcing IronPython Tools for Visual Studio CTP3

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Thu Jul 1 23:46:02 CEST 2010

On 01/07/2010 19:34, Dino Viehland wrote:
> Hello Python Community,
> We are happy to announce a minor update to the IronPython Tools for 
> Visual Studio.  IronPython Tools for Visual Studio (IPyTools) is a set 
> of extensions available for Visual Studio 2010 which supports 
> development of IronPython applications.  This release is our 3^rd 
> Community Technical Preview (CTP) and builds upon the previous two 
> releases.  The release is a minor update which includes bug fixes and 
> a number of small features.  You can download the latest release at 
> http://www.ironpython.net/ironpython/tools/

Can the download page please have a download link on it instead of (or 
as well as) serving the download through a refresh:


Additionally, if possible, can the downloaded file have a version number 
in the filename please. :-)


Michael Foord

> There is also one major change in that the project system is no longer 
> based upon the files which live on disk.  Instead we now follow the 
> normal VS project model.  This means files must be explicitly added to 
> the project and files which you don't want in the project won't 
> automatically show up.  We made this change based upon feedback from 
> people using the tool and think it will make it more familiar for 
> normal Visual Studio users.  Despite this change there is still 
> support for an "implicit" project when working without a project.
> Like the previous release this release includes support for 
> Intellisense including member completion, signature help, find all 
> references, and goto definition.  It enables quick browsing of your 
> code using the object browser and the editor navigation bar.  It has 
> an interactive (REPL) window that enables the development of 
> applications in an interactive way.  IPyTools supports lightweight 
> development without a project as well as working with project files in 
> the tradition of Visual Studio .  Opening a .py file causes IronPython 
> Tools to model the code in the containing directory as an implicit 
> project for Intellisense features.   There are project templates for 
> console, WPF, WinForms, and Silverlight applications.  WPF 
> applications support drag-and-drop UI development.  Debugging of 
> Python applications works just like you debug other languages in 
> Visual Studio.
> We are still working on our final licensing terms for IronPython 
> Tools, and as such this release is licensed under a temporary limited 
> use license.  While we weren't able to finalize this for this release 
> we expect to have this finalized for the next release.
> The full list of changes includes a number of bug fixes:
>                 Interactive window now respects VS color settings
>                 Fixed default settings for insert tabs, enter 
> completing options, list of characters to complete to
>                 Fixed auto-indent inserting extra tabs on a blank line
>                 Enables usage of VS common settings for smart 
> indentation and tabs and respects those options.
>                 Escape in REPL cancels both the intellisense session 
> and the current input
>                 REPL: When a completion item is focused but not 
> selective enter should not complete it
>                 REPL: We should respect the various intellisense 
> completion options
>                 REPL: We should be using IronPython's auto intending
> Fix repl not respecting smart up/down on startup if the window was set 
> to be open
> REPL: Don't allow history if the current command is still running -- 
> instead navigate the buffer
> REPL: Enable syntax highlighting even if a command throws an exception
> REPL:     Remove trailing new lines from REPL history so we go back to 
> the last line of input
> REPL: When pasting ensure there's a new line
> REPL: Auto indent should delete selected lines when pressing enter
> There are also a few new features:
> New Fill Comment Paragraph feature
> Implemented auto-dedent so it will backspace # of tabs
> Support for disabling intellisense via normal VS mechanism
> Support for hiding "advanced" members in intellisense (currently 
> defined as __abc__ members)
> There is one major change:
>  Removes directory based projects in favor of normal VS style projects
> - The IronPython Team
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