[IronPython] Roadmap and updates
Max R. Yaffe
maxyaffe at comcast.net
Mon Aug 4 19:06:26 PDT 2008
Note: I originally wrote this to Harry Pierson directly who asked that I
post it publically. I hope it doesn't come off as too inflamatory.
Harry - Thanks for the roadmap and the latest update. It clarifies a
particular issue that I'm having with deciding whether to adopt Iron Python
and .Net for that matter. My particular application is a scientific
instrument control and data analysis package. It runs on Windows now using
various older MS technologies (dating back to Windows 2.3!). It will not
need to run from a web browser, mainly because of the requirements for
instrument control. The application is highly scripted using a dynamic
language of my own devising derived from Smalltalk and remarkably similar to
I had been looking at Qt 4.x+PyQt+Python 2.5 as an approach to updating my
technology. However, I wanted to see what Microsoft had to offer. WinForms
+ Python seems to be the best fit for my technology because of the need to
manipulate data tables and my desire to avoid the web. Silverlight just
doesn't offer me any advantage and seems to be directed at pretty pictures
and sounds. It also doesn't seem to handle the kinds of user/data
interaction I need. XAML also doesn't seem to offer any advantage for my
code, or if it does, it certainly isn't clear what it might be other than a
YAOUHD (yet another obese, unreadable HTML derivative). Your roadmap,
however, seems to deprecate WinForms. I'm worried that IronPython and
Microsoft are going to cut WinForms adrift just when I'm about to make a
major investment in it. This might be the best approach for Microsoft
because it seems the "community" is mainly interested in pictures, sounds,
and the web. But I need something more classical.
I'd appreciate your comments and direction.
Gamry Instruments, Inc.
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