Hosting IronPython and IronRuby

Michael Foord: "An exploration of how to embed Dynamic Language Runtime engines into .NET applications (C# or VB.NET). It addresses topics like presenting an API from your application to user code, handling errors and how to interact with dynamic objects from a statically typed language." - This is pretty intriguing. I wondered aloud the other day about why you'd want to host things in a shell, but hosting the DLR interactively inside an application, hmmm sounds like SmallTalk, would be extremely cool.

This is the sort of thing guys like Adam Stone, or Chris Roth, would come to love in Visio. Heck, this is something I'd love to have time to work on myself.

I had begun to put a grammar together for a Visio specific language, for shape building, but haven't pursued it any further. It would've been hosted inside the DLR, which could then be hosted using these techniques. I'd still like to do it.

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DLR Tutorial

DotNetGuru.org: "The Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) is a layer on top of the .NET Framework 3.5 aiming at help you to build dynamic languages in .NET. Languages created with the DLR could be a language embedded in an application (like before) or a new language for the .NET platform like IronPython or IronRuby provided by Microsoft."

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IronPython and Visual Studio

Harry Pierson: "We've hired a few people around here recently (including me obviously). However, if you have a burning desire to work on IronPython (or IronRuby) and Visual Studio, we're still hiring" - This is exactly what's needed to make IronPython and IronRuby really slick! Complete integration into the Visual Studio IDE. Make them first class citizens.

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Building on the DLR

Matthew Podwvsocki [via Harry Pierson]: "So, I can admit, I've been on a bit of a kick with compilers and such after my posts on DSLs, Compilers and the Irony of it All and Lang.NET and Rolling Your Own. Today is no different, but this time, I'm just intrigued by targeting the DLR instead of the CLR. Thankfully there are a few great references that people are doing right now for these little adventures. One day once I'm more finished with the deep dive into F#, I'll dig a little deeper." - Maybe someday I'll be able to take a look at this, right... Anywho, Matthew has a nice list of examples for building on the DLR.

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