Friday, May 30

IronPython on Ubuntu

After reading on Jimmy Schementi's weblog that IronPython, the .NET implementation of Python, is just an apt-get install ironpython away, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Here's what I got.

Huh? Maybe Microsoft took that "significant whitespace" thing a little too literally...

It turns out that IronPython really wants you to use a dark background (bug report).

Ah, so that's why the background of Jimmy's blog is black!

As you can see from the screenshot, it's also a bit difficult to quit from the Ubuntu version of IronPython. That weird symbol is a result of pressing Ctrl+D. Even Ctrl+\, which usually helps in such cases, only produces a nasty .NET CLR traceback with no ill effects to the interpreter.

On the bright side, this is a good start. IronPython seems to be more or less functional, with speed comparable to CPython, even though the example code included in Debian looks a little "heavy" (see /usr/share/doc/ironpython/Tutorial).

5 comments:

Marius Gedminas said...

ROTFL. The significant whitespace comment made my day.

schmichael said...

Ha, my main frustration the first time I tried it was exiting as well! It feels more like a Windows application running under Wine than it does a "native" Linux app.

In the end I imported sys and just did a sys.exit() to get out cleanly.

Cyberdrow said...

The same issue with the background color and problems to exit the interactive shell here on MacOS.

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