Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Good Mix 26: Winforms in Arabic, xbuild, Mono on Mandriva, Scheme and Poker

Still working through the large collection of IronPython and DLR related articles that I've discovered in the last few weeks. Only a few more to go.
 This is a translation of the Winforms with Mono and IronPython Tutorial Series into Arabic. It includes implementations of Snake and Tetris games as the final two parts of the tutorial showing how to create applications with IronPython on Mono or .NET.

A blog entry on new features in Mono 2.6 which has just had a preview release. Included in the release is xbuild, the Mono implementation of the MSBuild tool. xbuild is now compatible enough that it is capable of building IronPython and IronRuby.
This is a Japanese blog entry on using IronPython 2.0 with the Mandriva Linux distro. From the same blogger who has also blogged about IronEditor
We last covered IronScheme back in February when 1.0 Beta 2 was released. The project has moved on since then, with Beta 4 released in July. There have also been several status updates since then posted to the project page about progress in IronScheme.
A post from Greg Bray on using Resolver One and IronPython for writing poker applications:
Earlier this year I created a Monte Carlo Texas Holdem Simulator using an IronPython powered spreadsheet in Resolver One. The main goals were to learn IronPython, test how well it worked for creating complex spreadsheets, and enter a few of those spreadsheets into the Resolver One competition. Well I can honestly say that I exceeded even my own expectations on all three accounts, and it didn’t stop there either. After learning IronPython I started using it for the occasional random “Hey could you ...” tasks that get assigned to me at work, and I found a few other interesting uses for Resolver One as well.
A short InfoQ article on using Jimmy Schementi's repl-lib project to add an interactive interpreter to a .NET application.
Since Microsoft Dynamics is a closed-source application, Microsoft is turning elsewhere for examples of how dynamic languages can allow users to customize their experience. Once such example is Witty, an open source Twitter client.
A novel feature in Witty is that it includes a REPL console. Exposing the console is incredibly simple. Simply instantiate a ConsoleWindow object, pass in the objects you want your end-users to be able to access, and display it.

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