Synopses & Reviews
In 2005, Microsoft quietly announced an initiative to bring dynamic languages to the .NET platform. The starting point for this project was a .NET implementation of Python, dubbed IronPython. After a couple years of incubation, IronPython is ready for real-world use. It blends the simplicity, elegance, and dynamism of Python with the power of the .NET framework.
IronPython in Action offers a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to Microsoft's exciting new approach for programming the .NET framework. It approaches IronPython as a first class .NET language, fully integrated with the .NET environment, Visual Studio, and even the open-source Mono implementation. You'll learn how IronPython can be embedded as a ready-made scripting language into C# and VB.NET programs, used for writing full applications or for web development with ASP. Even better, you'll see how IronPython works in Silverlight for client-side web programming.
IronPython opens up exciting new possibilities. Because it's a dynamic language, it permits programming paradigms not easily available in VB and C#. In this book, authors Michael Foord and Christian Muirhead explore the world of functional programming, live introspection, dynamic typing and duck typing , metaprogramming, and more.
IronPython in Action explores these topics with examples, making use of the Python interactive console to explore the .NET framework with live objects. The expert authors provide a complete introduction for programmers to both the Python language and the power of the .NET framework. The book also shows how to extend IronPython with C#, extending C# and VB.NET applications with Python, using IronPython with .NET 3.0 and Powershell, IronPython as a Windows scripting tool, and much more.
Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
IronRuby places Ruby as a first-class .NET programming language, with full access to all the features, components, and frameworks available from C# and VB.NET. The new Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) bridges the gap between the IronRuby code and the Common Language Runtime (CLR)-the .NET virtual machine-while preserving the "duck typing," metaprogramming, code generation, and other dynamic language features that draw developers to Ruby.
IronRuby in Action offers a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to this exciting new tool. Designed primarily for .NET developers who want to use Ruby, this book quickly introduces the Ruby language and walks you through the core concepts of programming in a dynamic language. Through numerous engaging examples, it shows you how to leverage WPF, Silverlight, and ASP.NET with the Ruby language, and how to use Rails and other Ruby libraries on the .NET framework. You will also learn how to use the Rails ActiveRecord component for ORM and the Ruby's RSpec for testing your code.
Whether you're a Ruby user exploring .NET or a .NET developer exploring the world of dynamic languages, IronRuby in Action will get you started quickly and show you how to be productive with this powerful new tool.
Offering a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to Microsoft's exciting new approach for programming the .NET framework, this guide approaches IronPython as a first-class .NET language, fully integrated with the .NET environment, Visual Studio, and open source Mono implementation.
About the Author
Michael Foord has many years of Python under his belt as well as hands-on commercial experience with IronPython. Michael has written many articles on Python, including the official "HOWTO" Fetch Internet Resources Using urllib2". He has also written articles on IronPython and has spoken about IronPython in the U.S., England, and Poland. He is the author of several popular open-source Python projects and has a blog on all things Python.Christian Muirhead began his career in a high-volume database environment, and for the last eight years has been building database-driven websites. He has five years of experience working with C#, the .NET framework, and ASP.NET. he has been using Python in most of his projects since discovering it in 1999, including building web applications for the BBC using Django. He is now working at Resolver Systems developing a next-generation data-modeling tool in IronPython.