[IronPython] Silverlight Application Hosting IronPython

Jimmy Schementi Jimmy.Schementi at microsoft.com
Fri May 15 11:04:59 PDT 2009


> > On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 4:30 AM, Michael Foord
> > <fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk <mailto:fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk>>
> wrote:
> >
> >     Hello guys,
> >
> >     I'm having problems with a C# Silverlight application that hosts
> >     IronPython.
> >
> >     First of all, this page
> >     http://sdlsdk.codeplex.com/Wiki/View.aspx?title=Hosting  implies
> >     that the following code should load assemblies for the hosted
> >     IronPython code:
> >
> >               foreach (string name in new string[] { "mscorlib",
> >     "System", "System.Windows", "System.Windows.Browser",
> "System.Net" })
> >               {
> >                   runtime.Host.PlatformAdaptationLayer.LoadAssembly(name);
> >               }
> >
> >     It doesn't - an import from System.Windows fails. The following
> >     code works as in a normal hosted environment:
> >
> >               runtime.LoadAssembly(typeof(String).Assembly);
> >               runtime.LoadAssembly(typeof(Uri).Assembly);
> >               runtime.LoadAssembly(typeof(Canvas).Assembly);

The documentation is wrong; always trust what the code in Microsoft.Scripting.Silverlight.DynamicApplication does the equivalent of:

foreach (string name in new string[] { "mscorlib", "System", "System.Windows", "System.Windows.Browser", "System.Net" }) {
    runtime.LoadAssembly(runtime.Host.PlatformAdaptationLayer.LoadAssembly(name));
}

The PAL.LoadAssembly is able to find assemblies in the XAP or platform and loads them, but you always need to call runtime.LoadAssembly to have it loaded on the runtime.

FYI, "Hosted" IronPython code is pretty much the same as "non-hosted" ... just that the "non-hosted" scenario does the hosting for you (with the DynamicApplication type). So as long as you're mimicking how DynamicApplication does things, you should be fine.

> >     Secondly, which is much worse but may be related, imports from
> >     Python files inside the xap fail when IronPython is hosted. I am
> >     using the following code:
> >
> >               ScriptRuntimeSetup setup = Python.CreateRuntimeSetup(null);
> >               setup.HostType =
> >     typeof(Microsoft.Scripting.Silverlight.BrowserScriptHost);
> >               ScriptRuntime runtime = new ScriptRuntime(setup);
> >               ScriptEngine pe = Python.GetEngine(runtime);
> >                         ScriptScope scope = pe.CreateScope();
> >               ScriptSource source =
> >     pe.CreateScriptSourceFromString(python_source,
> >     SourceCodeKind.Statements);
> >               source.Execute(scope);
> >
> >     How do I setup the platform adaptation layer so that it can import
> >     from inside the xap?

Again, doing exactly what DynamicApplication does is key =)

I believe you need to set the SearchPaths option so it knows where to look for source files. In Silverlight, "" is the root of the XAP file, so this should do the trick:

setup.Options["SearchPaths"] = new string[] { String.Empty };

> >     All the best,
> >
> >
> >     Michael

Let me know if this doesn't work for you, and I can send you an app that does. =)


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