I’ve browsed past topics and it seems like that both advancements are on the horizon, and that there is a lot of outdated information on the internet. I’ve started reading “IronPython in action”; being a LISP developer for AutoCAD I quickly realized that I have to learn lots about programming theory opposed to just typing out the code itself.
I would prefer to both be able to write stand-alone apps (even just console apps for practice) otherwise I’d probably already be into Rhino’s Python editor much the same way I would be with AutoCAD’s LISP IDE. For programming outside Rhino, my research so far tells me that my only option is MS Visual Studio and from there install an IronPython Add-in… but is it even possible to add say, IronPython 2.7 to the version of MS Visual Studio currently available? And… do I even need to use 2.7 (a topic a couple years ago stated that 3.0 is already supported). Back in the day I played around with VS and didn’t have the best time with it. It felt like getting everything I needed was a bit of a scavenger hunt… many use it successfully of course, so perhaps I just need to settle down and dig a bit deeper.
If you have any alternatives to Visual Studio I’d love to hear them! I’ve read good reviews about other IDE’s but none of them specifically state that they support IronPython (or at least as far as I’ve read into it so far). I’ve heard other IDE’s are often more user-friendly overall so long as they have support for what you’re actually intending to do with them.