[Ironpython-users] Newbie Questions about capabilities of IronPython in the .Net/Windows 8 world

Jeff Hardy jdhardy at gmail.com
Mon Apr 15 07:28:22 CEST 2013

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM, Aldrin <aldrin at paradise.net.nz> wrote:
> noob warning! What are some of the limitations with creating .net apps using
> IronPython language compared with say C#? Is it possible to use IronPython
> to create Windows 8 store apps?

The biggest limitation (right now) is that compiling apps to an .exe
has a few issues. For simple things it works fine, but it fails in
some edge cases that aren't clearly defined. If you're not compiling,
WinForms works fine but I think WPF has some issues. (I'm not a GUI
programmer, so I'm not directly familiar with how well it works.)

Right now, Metro apps are not possible. The DLR has been ported, but
IronPython still doesn't compile, and improvements to pyc.py as well
(which will also benefit Android and iOS to boot).

If you're interested you should track down a copy of "IronPython in
Action" by Michael Foord[1], which covers GUI programming with
WinForms pretty thoroughly, and is a great IronPython book in general.

- Jeff

[1] http://amzn.to/102jbN5

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