Python and VS.Net

Matt Gerrans mgerrans at
Thu Jul 24 09:16:25 CEST 2003

"Trent Mick" wrote:
> > If your Python code could thereby access the .NET libraries, that would
> > another story.   That would be like Jython for .NET.   I was hoping that
> > what Active State's Python-in-VS.NET-thingy was, but alas it was too
good to
> > be true: it is only (so far) a color-syntaxing Python editor that takes
> > or three minutes to load up.
> You are mixing up two difference ideas. ActiveState's VisualPython is a
> plugin for VS.NET to provide all the IDE stuff (like editting,
> debugging, interactive shell, help, intellisense, etc) for Python
> programmers.

Uh, isn't that pretty much what I said?   I don't think I mixed up the
ideas.   I only said that what ActiveState's Visual Python was and what I
was originally hoping it would be were not the same.

> The idea of integrating the Python language somehow into the .NET
> framework is independent of VS.NET-the-IDE, though I suppose one might
> like some level of connection between the two. Mark Hammond, before and
> while at ActiveState did do some exploratory work in this direction. But
> that is all it has come to so far: exploration. So your "too good to be
> true" does (currently) apply to a so called Python.NET. This code is
> currently in PyWin32's CVS tree one SourceForge:
> There is also the independent Kobra project that I have not looked at.

Yes, I was aware of these, too.   Despite Microsoft's claims about the .NET
platform being language-independent, it doesn't seem to be a simple task to
get Python going on it.    So far, I think there are only VB.NET, C++, C#
and J#.   No Python#, Perl# or Ruby#, as of yet...

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