026 – MIX07 – Men Of Iron – Michael Foord, Dave Verwer – IronPython, IronRuby, the DLR

Men Of Iron, Top: Michael Foord; bottom: Dave Verwer

Welcome to podcast #026. I’m talking with Michael Foord and Dave Verwer about IronPython, IronRuby, Ruby On Rails and the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR). Michael runs until 15:30, then it’s Dave. Recorded live at MIX07, there is a little bit of background noise, apologies for that!

If you’re wondering why you might want to use dynamic languages, you should listen to this podcast to learn why.

The future’s bright, the future’s Python and The future’s bright, the future’s Silverlight! – two quotes that appear in this podcast…

Michael Foord’s session
The web was built using dynamic languages. Their plain-text format made it easy to mash up scripts to create the next great app. Similarly, dynamic languages will find a home in Silverlight applications. Silverlight can be easily deployed, which means that a wider range of dynamic languages will be used in building browser-hosted applications.In this demo-centric talk, you will see dynamic languages interacting with each other, the browser DOM and traditional Javascript. This unprecedented level of integration is possible because of the new Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) and the Silverlight browser plugin. Rich internet applications can be created using existing tools combined with the power of Silverlight.

Dave Verwer’s session
With the introduction of the DLR, dynamic languages are getting their day on the .net platform but why would you even consider a language like Ruby over C# or VB.NET? At a first glance Ruby code on the CLR can look very similar to code written with existing CLR languages but that there is so much more to discover about this beautiful language, this session will show you what delights await you as Ruby makes its debut on the CLR. The session will also give an overview of the progress made so far by the IronRuby team and discuss some of the interesting issues that are being raised during its implementation.

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Michael’s book
Michael’s company, Resolver Systems

Dave’s company, Shinydevelopment

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3 thoughts on “026 – MIX07 – Men Of Iron – Michael Foord, Dave Verwer – IronPython, IronRuby, the DLR”

  1. Hey Craig, you’ve done a great job with these podcasts and thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

    Although I sound nervous at the beginning (I don’t remember being that nervous!?), the result wasn’t as embarrassing as I feared. 😉


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