Monday, August 04, 2008

IronPython Post 2.0 Roadmap Clarifications

A couple of weeks ago, Harry Pierson (IronPython PM) posted a roadmap outlining Microsoft's plans for supporting Python 2.6 and 3.0 - once IronPython 2.0 (which targets Python 2.5) is out of beta. He also discussed the plans for future IronPython and Visual Studio integration (something that Curt Hagenlocher was originally hired for - but he couldn't resist the lure of working on IronRuby as well and another new hire - Oleg Tkachenko will be focussing on the VS integration for both IronPython and IronRuby).

As the core Python developers will be maintaining Python 2.X and 3.X in tandem for a while, whilst the community transitions over to Python 3, I asked if IronPython would do the same - or whether IronPython 2 would be left behind once work on IronPython 3 begins. Another commentor, Francois, was keen to know whether the Visual Studio integration would require users to purchase Visual Studio - or whether they would be able to use the Express version or the VSx Shell as is the case with IronPythonStudio.

Harry answers both these questions in his roadmap clarifications blog entry:

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