Thursday, September 04, 2008

Polyglot Python

Adam Wolf decides to learn a new programming language - and in attempt to thin out the number of possibilities he limits the field to those that he can use for both desktop application development and with Silverlight. Naturally this brings him to IronPython.
"The winner is IronPython, a dynamic language used in conjunction with the new .Net Dynamic Language Runtime. Python was created in the 1980s by Guido van Rossum, who is now working at Google. The Python language is a wrist friendly language due to its terse syntax and no need for the normal text enclosures like C# and VB.Net. The language comes with the “batteries included” and this refers to the numerous libraries that come with the language, which will enable you to write almost any type of software. The IronPython implementation on the .Net platform has full access to these standard Python libraries as well as the full .Net Framework."

As an added bonus he decides to learn by reading the early access version of IronPython in Action. (Which is now heading into production and should be available in dead tree version in November.)

"I have started learning Python from the Manning’s early access program from the book “IronPython in Action”. The early access program gives you access to the book as the authors and editors are working on future chapters. In the first part of the book, the authors build a Windows application using an iterative development style and design patterns to teach the reader the Python language. I really enjoy this approach because I can read and try the concepts in a real application development scenario."

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