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IronPython 1.0 beta

ironpython logo A few days ago the first 1.0 beta of IronPython was released.

If you've been wondering about IronPython you should definitely check out Jim Hugunin's screencast from November (use the direct link to the video if you are on a Mac). If I were a Windows developer, I'd be really excited by this. In particular being able to use the Avalon GUI framework from Python seems very slick and simple. The integration with Visual Studio for debugging is quite nice too.

(I haven't been following IronPython development at all, so even some trivial and probably old things were news to me: the existence of the heavy-metal logo, or the fact that "IRON" can be read as an acronym for "Implementation Runs On .NET.")

The beta didn't come with a roadmap, but it did come with this:

You should expect to continue to see releases every 3 weeks for the near future. We're not going to commit to any fixed number of beta releases, but I can tell you that I'm a huge fan of single digit numbers ...

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

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