[Python-ideas] win32 extensions

Michael Foord fuzzyman at gmail.com
Sat Sep 17 13:26:10 CEST 2011

On 17 September 2011 07:30, Cesare Di Mauro <cesare.di.mauro at gmail.com>wrote:

> 2011/9/16 Matt Joiner <anacrolix at gmail.com>
>> Well technically not. KDE mostly supplements Qt, A few objects here and
>> there make use of some Qt features. The gobject, glib combination are bound
>> up in numerous low level system services and supplementary libraries that
>> have nothing to do do with GUIs, even I think on a KDE system.
>> That said, if system GUI capable APIs are to be exposed on the standard
>> library, those should be Win32, Cocoa, and GTK+
> And .NET too, since it's a Windows technology which you'll find on any
> Windows >= Vista (but also installable on XP).
> It doesn't mean that we necessarily need to wrap every single win32 and/or
> .NET API into a Python package on the stdlib.
> ctypes is useful to access whatever you want (win32 and any DLL, OS X
> dynamic libraries, Linux .so).
> Python for .NET can do the same for .NET, and is small enough to be made
> available on the stdlib. I think that something similar can be provided for
> OS X and Linux through Mono.

Python.NET is basically unmaintained, and requires very specialised
knowledge to develop. I don't think it's in a position to move it into the
standard library. For accessing .NET from Python IronPython is a much better
alternative (with caveats about the use of C extensions that apply to any of
the alternative implementations).

All the best,


> Regards,
> Cesare
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