What Does IronPython Mean?

IronPython is an open-source implementation of Python designed for the .NET and Mono platforms. IronPython was developed by Microsoft and was first released in 2006. It is written in C#. IronPython gets its functionality from Microsoft’s Common Language Runtime (CLR) libraries.


Techopedia Explains IronPython

IronPython, just like CPython and Jython, is an implementation of Python, the multi-paradigm, general-purpose, high-level programming language that is recognized for the clarity of its code. In other words, like Python, IronPython code is much easier to read compared to those of other programming languages.

Although the three implementations of Python have many similarities, IronPython is best suited for the .NET platform. Using IronPython, Python programs can integrate with applications written in other .NET programming languages.

To get the most out of IronPython, which makes extensive use of the massive CLR libraries, you will need to familiarize yourself with C#, as most of the documentation about the CLR libraries uses C#.

Because IronPython runs on Silverlight, a Microsoft browser plug-in for Windows and Mac computers, it can be used for client-side scripting. This means it can be executed in the browser, allowing it to offer fast and smooth response from the graphical user interface.


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