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Python and .NET

Inspired by the neatness of the common runtime idea from .NET, I went in search of ways to program against it in my favourite language, Python. Here's what I found so far.

Python Scripting for .NET, a "near-seamless integration of the CPython runtime with the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR). It lets you script and build applications in Python, using CLR services and components written in any language that targets the CLR".

Unfortunately it only gives Python access to .NET, rather than the other way around. As their FAQ explains "while Python can use types and services implemented in .NET, managed code cannot generally use classes implemented in Python."

Python for .NET Research from ActiveState. This looks like a zombie project, but it had great aims: "an exploratory implementation of the Python language for the .NET Framework". Unfortunately lack of suitable revenue streams for this work seems to have caused its demise.

So, a bit of a dead-end so far. This means that any contribution I want to make to Dashboard needs to be in C#. Ah well, another language to learn....

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