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Robert Kern robert.kern at
Thu Apr 22 14:40:28 EDT 2010

On 4/21/10 7:59 PM, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
> In message<mailman.1949.1271443668.23598.python-list at>, "Martin
> v. Löwis" wrote:
>> Brian Blais wrote:
>>> On Apr 12, 2010, at 16:36 , Martin v. Loewis is wrote:
>>>> If you are planning to build Python extension modules in the next five
>>>> years, I recommend that you obtain a copy of VS Express
>>> Am I missing something here?  I have heard this before, but I have built
>>> extension modules many times under windows (using Cython) and never once
>>> used a MS product.
>> It's fine if your package supports being compiled with Mingw32. A lot of
>> source code can't be compiled this way, either because gcc doesn't
>> support some of the MS extensions (in particular wrt. COM) ...
> But then such code will not be portable to anything but Windows.

Most of such code is for Windows-specific services anyways.

Robert Kern

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