Monday, May 28, 2007

IronPython in a Virtual Desktop (in a Browser!?!)

The front page of the Vista Smalltalk Website is currently showing a screenshot of IronPython running on the Virtual Desktop - inside a web-browser...

This looks like a very interesting test and development environment for IronPython on Silverlight.

The code shown illustrates using some of the core-CLR assemblies from IronPython, plus it benchmarks "a million iterations involving assignments in just over two seconds (3GHz Pentium) - this is orders of magnitude faster than traditional JavaScript".

'Orders of magnitudes faster' sounds good for web applications, but I have no idea how this compares to the upcoming alternatives...

The code isn't available yet, and I'm not sure what you'll be able to do with it (although as a testing and experimentation environment it could be awesome), but it certainly looks cool!

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