Microsoft Technical Computing Group has just announced the Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) open source project. PTVS improves on the IronPython Tools for Visual Studio code base (introduced in IronPython 2.7) and adds CPython, Cluster support and new modules like NumPy and SciPy in .Net.
IronPython 2.7 has been released with new features including improved tooling inside Visual Studio, better interoperability with LINQ and extension methods, better documentation, and full language parity with Python 2.7.
Unladen Swallow was an attempt to bring LLVM optimisations to the CPython runtime, but hasn't seen significant activity for the last year. Now, a Unladen swallow retrospective confirms that the project is defunct and is no longer being developed. What happened?
Tiobe's award is given to the programming language that gained most market share in 2010. Objective-C was the leader for most of 2010 but got lost ground in the last couple of months. Python grew it's market share by 1.81% since January 2010, which is nearly 4 times the overall marketshare of SAP's programming language ABAP.
Last week Miguel de Icaza published a long post listing all the work the Mono team at Novell has been doing since the move to GitHub in July 2010. Much of the new work has been around language development and MonoDevelop improvements.
Since Microsoft announced that it was giving up control of its Iron languages, there has been a quiet debate on where to host the project. The negotiations have finally been settled and the winner is Github for source control and CodePlex for issue tracking.
Jason Zander has announced that Microsoft will be turning over IronPython and IronRuby to Miguel de Icaza of Novell/Mono and former IronRuby lead Jimmy Schementi. Jimmy left Microsoft in July to join Lab49. IronPython will have two additional coordinators: Michael Foord, co-author of IronPython in Action and IronPython MVP Jeff Hardy.
Two of the top three IDEs for .NET are now supporting dynamic programming languages. While SharpDevelop 3.2 continues to enhance its support both IronPython and IronRuby, Microsoft is entering the game with IronPython Tools for Visual Studio and SapphireSteel is still offering Ruby in Steel.
LAMP has been a major platform for the Internet, but current cloud offerings do not seem to include LAMP as PaaS. Is LAMP needed in a cloud computing world?
The SEC is proposing that most Asset Backed Securities include a downloadable “program that gives effect to the flow of funds, or “waterfall,” provisions of the transaction”. If the proposal is passed, this program would have to be written in Python and posted EDGAR.
When the Dynamic Language Runtime was announced there were four languages under consideration, VB, Ruby, ECMAScript, and Python. While there has been no mention of DLR version of VB and ECMAScript in years, IronRuby and IronPython are about the celebrate major releases.