Dynamic Language Roundup: Python's GIL Gets Overhauled but not Removed, Squeak Comes to Android

by Werner Schuster on  Jan 24, 2010 1

The Unladen Swallow project that aims to speed up Python has proposed to be merged into mainstream Python. One of Unladen Swallow's goals was to remove the GIL; a new implementation of Python's GIL by Antoine Pitrou will be fairer and less intrusive on multicore CPUs. Also: Squeak Smalltalk has been ported to Android.

Embed Python, Ruby, and XAML directly into your HTML with Gestalt

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 15, 2009 5

JavaScript is a language that is showing its age. A lot of developers now prefer to work with languages like Ruby or Python, falling back on JavaScript only for the browser. Sure there were attempts to support other languages in the browser like VBScript, but they never really took off. Well Microsoft is trying again, this time with Python and Ruby.

IronPython for .NET 4

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 08, 2009 3

Previews of IronPython for .NET 4 have been shipping along with VS 2010, but that does not mean the two are tied together. We break down the plans for delivering IronPython to .NET developers.

The DLR’s Adaptive Compiler

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 07, 2009 4

The Dynamic Language Runtime has significant performance improvements over traditional interpreters for Python and Ruby, once it is warned up. But for code you only use once or twice, the performance can be downright pitiful. Fortunately a solution is in sight.

Add a REPL Console to Your .NET Applications

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 06, 2009 2

Microsoft is starting to push IronPython and IronRuby as the way for end users to customize their applications. In order to make that easier, Jim Deville is offering a REPL console designed specifically to be used by end users as an advanced mode for their applications.

Javascript as Compiler Target: Clamato, GWT Smalltalk, Python, Scheme

by Werner Schuster on  Sep 30, 2009 2

Improved VMs and ubiquity have made Javascript an interesting target for compilers. InfoQ takes a look at a few languages that compile to Javascript: Smalltalks Clamato and GWT Smalltalk, Python with pyjamas and Scheme with Moby-Scheme.

State of Python on the JVM

by Craig Wickesser on  Sep 27, 2009 3

In the past year or so Python has really been gaining a lot of traction on the JVM, thanks to the recent advancements of Jython. In this news item we'll talk to the Jython project lead about Jython and the state of Python on the JVM.

Mocking for Java and Flex

by Craig Wickesser on  Jul 07, 2009

There are plenty of choices for creating mock objects in Java but Flex has seen little development in this area, until recently. The popular and maturing Mockito framework now has a Flex counterpart, which aims to bring mocking to Flex.

23 .NET Open Source Projects

by Abel Avram on  Jul 02, 2009 12

Eric Nelson, a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft and Technical Editor of MSDN UK Flash, has compiled a list of 23 .NET open source projects mostly based on recommendations sent by UK developers. Other great projects did not make it into the list, while Microsoft’s contribution include: ASP.NET MVC, DLR, IronRuby, IronPython, MEF.

MacRuby Drops GIL, Gains Concurrent Threads

by Werner Schuster on  Jun 30, 2009 3

MacRuby joins the ranks of JRuby and IronRuby and moved away from Ruby 1.9's Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) in the experimental branch.

Moving to IronPython

by Jonathan Allen on  May 14, 2009

Dynamic languages like Python and Ruby seem to be all the rage these days. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, sometimes the best way to get started is with a code converter. Fortunately SharpDevelop has you covered with support for C# and VB conversions to IronPython 2.0.

Bruce Eckel on Python, Java, Flex, and RIAs

by Jon Rose on  May 03, 2009

In this post, InfoQ interviews Bruce Eckel to get his thoughts on the RIA landscape and to find out what he has been up to, as Bruce recently released a book he coauthored titled First Steps in Flex.

CrossTwine Linker Aims to Boost MRI and 1.9.1 Performance

by Werner Schuster on  May 03, 2009

CrossTwine aims to improve the performance of MRI, 1.9.1, and Python. Unlike new Ruby VMs, the CrossTwine Linker allows to improve efficiency of the existing interpreters and VMs, while keeping their complete feature set. The company plans to offer services to use the CrossTwine Linker technology to speed up specific applications.

Top Scripting Languages: PHP, Ruby, Python

by Sebastien Auvray on  Mar 31, 2009 7

Evans Data's published the result of its scripting language survey. PHP, Ruby and Python are the favorite choices of more than 500 developers and IT Professionals. Scripting languages usage in the enterprise has changed with time, the survey outlines the drawbacks and merits of each language.

IronPython Performance Improvements

by Al Tenhundfeld on  Feb 25, 2009

A new version IronPython, an implementation of Python running on .NET, has been released. IronPython 2.0.1 focuses on performance improvements, while keeping complete backwards compatibility.

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