New versions of IronRuby and IronPython announced

New release versions have been announced of both IronPython and IronRuby.

IronPython have announced the availability of IronPython 2.7 Alpha, which is a first step working towards full compatibility with Python 2.7. The build provided now also requires Silverlight 4 or .NET 4, as well as adding support for IronPython into Visual Studio. This includes full IntelliSense for Python and .NET modules.

IronRuby has progressed to version 1.1, including LINQ support through its support for .NET extension methods; this also brings with it a whole range of other bug fixes and related features.

IronRuby, IronPython and DLR also now join the ever-growing open source code released under the Apache 2 license, joining among other things RackSpace’s open cloud platform OpenStack we mentioned yesterday.

IronRuby and IronPython are open-source implementations of the Ruby and Python languages (respectively) which run on Microsoft’s .NET framework (the Iron stands for It Runs On .Net). They take advantage of the CLR (Common Language Runtime) and DLR (Dynamic Language Runtime) in order to allow the Python and Ruby code access to their native libraries as well as the .NET Framework. Other languages can make use of Python and Ruby code as well.

More information is available on the IronPython and IronRuby sites, and specific release information on Jimmy Schementi’s blog post.

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