Thursday, July 23, 2009

Five Reviews of IronPython in Action

In the last couple of weeks a whole stack of people have posted reviews of IronPython in Action. Here's a brief summary of five of them:
Jason Baker is a Python developer for Zeomega:

"In summary, if you’re a developer wanting to work with Windows technologies using Python there’s no question: go and buy IronPython in Action. Right now. If you’re wanting to develop IronPython applications for various platforms or don’t want to tie yourself to just Microsoft technology… still go and buy IronPython in Action. There are still some holes that can be filled, but all in all, this is a pretty solid book."
Mike Hadlow is a well known .NET developer from the UK:

"It’s a very well written and crafted book, with an easy to read conversational style. I find many programming books quite hard work, but this one was a pleasure."
Mark Bloodworth is a Microsoft Architect Evangelist with an interest in dynamic languages:

"If you’re interested in the DLR and IronPython, this book is worth reading. It’s a very good introduction – and will serve as a useful reference when you come to start your next foray into IronPython. And if you’re not interested in the DLR and IronPython, reading this book may just change your mind."
Doug Hellmann is a well known Python programmer and blogger:

"I recommend this book for any Windows developer interested in learning about Python, and for Python developers looking into deploying an application under Windows. If you don't fall into either of those groups, I can still recommend that you pick up a copy for some excellent advice on general programming topics and the solid example code."
Darrell Hawley is a Microsoft C# MVP and Python enthusiast, which makes IronPython an obvious attraction to him.

"Pythonistas will find the book offers quick introductions to a number of Microsoft technologies such as Windows Forms, WPF and ASP.NET. .NET developers will get the chance to see technologies they’re already familiar with expressed in a completely new fashion."

"IPiA avoids the trap of simply being a brochure of Microsoft technologies using “IronPython” in place of “C#” and “VB.NET”. Instead, the authors mix in chapters on development techniques ranging from the familiar - such as unit testing and mocking – to the more exotic such as metaprogramming. As .NET developers wind their way through the book, they’ll begin to appreciate the differences between the static and dynamic worlds – a crucial step toward wide ranging acceptance."

"If you’re curious about what IronPython can do for you, IronPython in Action is well worth your time."

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