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Re: [pyatl] What is the difference between ironpython and normal python for windows?

From: Jeff M.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:14 PM

Maybe someone with a bit more knowledge on the topic can chime in. I'll tell you what I know, though. Hopefully it helps.

IronPython is built on top of the Microsoft CLR (Common Language Runtime). Because of that, you can use it to power .Net applications.? Much like Jython with Java libraries, you can access .Net assemblies directly using Python import statements.? For example, in Jython, you could 'import' and in IronPython you could 'import system.'

I'd have to think a Linux Python user would feel more comfortable using the MSI from the site.? I run Windows 7 on my NetBook (Guild Wars. Enough said). I have the standard distribution installed and it feels much like good 'ol /usr/bin/python.

So, if your admins do stuff with C# & .Net, then IronPython might be a good approach. If they don't, then sticking with the standard release is probably a good approach.


On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM, Corey Osman <[address removed]> wrote:

I would like to teach my windows admins at work some cool new tricks I
have been doing on unix for years. ?However, I am a little confused
about what version of python to install. ?Ironpython looks like it has
some heavy integrations with WMI and silverlight which is really
nice. ?But, would I be able to add new packages to this version like
httplib2 and other stuff in pypi? ?What is the python for windows on all about? ?How is it different? Would the typical linux
users feel more at home with the version?



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