Jim Hugunin kicked off his talk, PyCon 2009 – IronPython: Data, Directions and Demos with mentioning his colleagues at Microsoft. He then went on to talk about the newest release of IronPython, which is 2.6 Alpha, which actually matches the Python 2.6 version as much as possible. It sounded like the recent version of IronPython 2.0 Final also has lots of cool stuff, like 500 bugs closed, more builtins and the ability to compile to a dll.

Next, he covered IronPython use in Silverlight. He showed off a few demos, one of which looked like a flash game. He noted that Python is sandboxed when run in the DLR, which is pretty cool. Speaking of which, Huginin quickly went over the DLR and then moved on to an in-depth discussion of C# 4.0. I think what he was talking about was that this new version allows Python code within a C# program, but I’m not really sure as it was pretty confusing. If you use .NET and Python, you’ll probably find this much more interesting. Wait for the video and let me know if you understand it.

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