IronPython slithers out of Redmond

Extending its .Net developer platform to dynamic programming languages, Microsoft on Tuesday released version 1.0 of IronPython to the company's CodePlex community development Web site, for download by anyone who wants to try it.

IronPython implements the dynamic, object-oriented Python language on top of Microsoft's CLI (Common Language Infrastructure). It serves as a "true implementation of the Python language" and is integrated with the .Net Framework, Microsoft said. IronPython is compatible with the CPython implementation of Python. Developers working with IronPython can leverage improvements in .Net Framework 2.0 such as generics and dynamic methods, Microsoft said.

InfoWorld Blogger in Chief did a screencast of IronPython 1.0 last week. Check it out here.

IronPython can be downloaded here.