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Professional IronPython [Paperback]

John Paul Mueller

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April 5 2010 Wrox Professional Guides
Thorough coverage of Microsoft’s new dynamic programming language: IronPython

IronPython is a powerful and vital part of any .NET developer's toolbox, and although it is several years old, very little literature exists on the topic. This essential resource fills that void and provides you with an in-depth understanding of IronPython.

A brief introduction walks you through the installation, usage, and tools of IronPython and also explains what makes IronPython different from other programming languages. Coverage quickly moves on to explaining how to use and work with the IronPython language, and an in-depth look at its environment sheds light on how it can be stand alone or with the .NET Framework. You'll see how IronPython can be used to create either desktop or Web-based applications and you’ll witness how it interacts with other existing technologies. In addition, coverage of advanced topics shares techniques for extending IronPython and making it a robust language.

  • Provides you with an in-depth look at IronPython, how it is different from other programming languages, what it is capable of, and how to maximize its potential
  • Explores how IronPython interacts with existing technologies and how it can perform administration tasks
  • Answers popular questions, such as how to extend IronPython and make it a more robust language
  • Tackles topics not addressed anywhere else, including executing IronPython using Mono

You'll want to devour every topic covered in Professional IronPython so you can get started working with this powerful programming language today.


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Create applications that are more responsive to user needs

IronPython should be an important part of your developer's toolbox and this book will quickly get you up and running with this powerful language. John Paul Mueller clearly shows how IronPython can help you create better desktop or web-based applications in less time and with fewer errors. Throughout the pages, you'll find techniques for extending IronPython and making it a more robust language. In addition, you'll follow advanced steps such as building an IronPython extension that directly accesses the Win32 API. And you'll enhance your skill set as you introduce IronPython into other environments such as Linux and Mac OS X.

Professional IronPython:

  • Demonstrates how to build applications that every developer needs to know when starting a new language

  • Explains how to create Windows Forms applications, interact with COM objects, and work at the command line

  • Uncovers how to work with XML, the Dynamic Language Runtime, and other .NET languages

  • Shows how you can use IronPython to improve your testing process for just about any language

  • Discusses techniques for using IronPython with the Python Standard Library

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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About the Author

John Paul Mueller is the owner of DataCon Services, a consulting firm, where he has written code for everything from database management systems (DBMS) to low-level hardware access code. He is the author of more than 80 books covering topics such as Web Services, web development, and Win32 API. He has also published over 300 articles.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IronPython clearly explained Aug. 25 2010
By Alan Sheats - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
IronPython is an exciting new development in the .NET world that has aroused the curiosity of many developers wishing to learn more about dynamic languages on .NET using the popular Python progamming language. Unfortunately, IronPython is by necessity a complex product bridging two worlds that may leave even experienced .NET developers somewhat confused.

Such was my position after reading other books on IronPython. Things still were not working the way I wanted them to, and my frustration was mounting. Luckily, I found John Mueller's book Professional IronPython, which quickly cleared the confustion and made exploring IronPython fun again.

Professional IronPython is definitely targeted to experienced developers. It will not teach you Python from the ground up. If you are not familiar with .NET, you will find the going tough. On the other hand, if you want explanations and practical guidance on how to create a productive development environment that fully leverages the power of IronPython, this book is the best guide available.

The author does an admirable job of documenting the differences between standard CPython and IronPython and showing you how to take full advantage not only of the Python Standard Library but also the vast number of third-party Python libraries using IronPython. This is important since IronPython, although a complete and compatible implementation of Python 2.6, is hosted on the .NET platform and thus must do certain things differently.

In summary, Professional IronPython is to my mind the best and most practical guide to IronPython available. So if you want to explore the exciting new world of dynamic languages on .NET and leverage the incredible power of Python, then this is the book for you.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on IronPython June 6 2010
By N. Kumar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the best book on IronPython which explains in great detail the strengths of IronPython at the same time the book can be easily read and understood by any programmer. I have read two books on IronPython but this one explains it in the best manner possible.

I will give it 5 star rating for making it so easy and interesting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete and too little about IronPython April 29 2014
By Pawel A. Konieczny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There aren't many IronPython books published, so the choice is limited. I've got this one in addition to another IronPython book, just to have (potentially) more information on IronPython. It was on sale with a big discount, so the risk seemed limited. But money is not the only resource spent, another one is time and in this case the book was not worth the time.

First of all, by 2014, it is too outdated. In 2010, when this book was written, IronPython was still in its infancy, with little tooling support, so the book contains many workarounds and tips for problems that do not exist anymore. Clever, but useless now.

Second, probably a half of the book is not even about Python. It is about lots of stuff, from COM programming to principles of writing command-line tools, none of which has anything to do with Python. In those parts that it does talk about Pyhon, it is just generic Python information, not IronPython specific. It even tries to teach basics of Python language at the beginning. For those readers who know Python it will be of little use, for those who don't, it will be too glossy and omitting some core concepts. For the purpose of getting to know Python, any popular Python book will be better.

This is an example of a recurring pattern in the book. The author likes to talk a lot about trivia (including useless screenshots), and gloss over difficult stuff, like the DLR and using IronPython from other .NET languages. Every time the excuse is that the intention was not to explain but to "give a taste."

I give it two stars rather than one because the book actually does contain some useful IronPython information, but frankly, it is probably better to read IronPython material on the internet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is great- and author stays involved, & responds to questions Oct. 17 2011
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you're wanting to learn about IronPython, the more books you can get on the subject, the better. As of late 2011, there are only three: this, and two others. Which one to get? I'd personally suggest getting all three. You can often find them used. But, even if not, if your time is worth much, getting them will save you money in the long run.

Look at it this way: each book that you do NOT get causes you to lose about 1/3 of the info on IronPython that's available in books. I have all three, and have found useful things in each.

Part of the challenge in finding info on IronPython is that new versions of both it, and the tools for it, have been released since the books were written. Therefore, reGARDLESS of what book(s) you buy, expect to spend substantial time searching on the web in order to find all of the information you need.

HowEVER, I WOULD suggest buying whatever books you can- NOT just trying to divine the information from bits & pieces on the internet. Having many aspects of IronPython (use, syntax, examples, comments on tools) covered in one place (a book) is very helpful. I've not found any one site that would enable someone to get the birds-eye view of the landscape- which you CAN find in this, and the other, books. Once you get the landscape in mind, you can go explore particular areas by searching on the internet- but it's hard to piece together the large picture without getting ahold of at least one of the books.

In addition to having written a helpful book, Mr. Mueller continues to blog on occasion about IronPython. Just today, I came across some very helpful info in one of his old blog entries about PTVS (Python Tools for Visual Studio). It answered several broad questions (like, why can't I see 2/3 of my objects in VS immediate window): questions that even after searching around on the net for several months, on various IronPython questions, I'd not come across yet.

So, I suggest following his blog, too- you can probably find it by searching for it by his name (Amazon doesn't like URLs posted, so I'll leave it at that). Mr. Mueller reads & answers email, too- I found out- after asking him a question via his blog.

Again, don't expect that by buying one, or even all three, of the IronPython books that you'll be able to proceed without doing at least SOME searching about on the web... I wish it WERE the case, but I haven't found it to be so. But, nonetheless, buy as many books of the three books as you can manage...

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