[Ironpython-users] How can IronPython access a public static value defined in C#?

Dino Viehland dinov at microsoft.com
Mon Jun 20 20:27:41 CEST 2011

Jeff wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:35 AM, Jimmy Schementi
> <jschementi at gmail.com> wrote:
> > If we chose to map .NET property imports to module variables, then
> > we'd have to execute the getter when imported, which would break this
> > example (random numbers). We could do some magic of exposing the
> > PropertyInfo itself as the variable, making an getter call look like:
> >     SomeStaticProperty()
> > ... and a setter call look like:
> >     SomeStaticProperty(val)
> It's really just a convenience, right? You can still do
>     import Color
>     print Color.White
> with no issues? If so, I'm also inclined to say we don't support it, because
> Python has no concept like that at the module level, OTOH, if events are
> importable, why not properties?

I think events were an oversight - of course we could just make the decision
to relax this and bring in the value of the property at the time of import *. If
it changes you lose.

> If so, they should retain their property nature; otherwise it would be too
> surprising.
> I would strongly prefer they still look like fields as well (x =
> SomeStaticProperty; SomeStaticProperty = y) but I don't know if that's
> possible. Otherwise I'd prefer .get/.set methods to overloading ().
> (Too bad descriptors only work as class members ... although we could
> always change the rules)
> - Jeff
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