Embedding IronPython In C#


Silverlight allows embedding IronPython code in the code-behind files of Silverlight XAML pages. This means you can use both C# and IronPython code in the same C# code-behind file of the Silverlight UI.


Consider a scenario, where you can create a Silverlight application using both C# and IronPython code that enables user to enter any text that automatically converts to upper case as the user keeps on typing. To implement this example, create a Silverlight application. After creating the application, add the following assemblies ot the application. 
  • IronPython.dll
  • IronPython.Modules.dll
  • Microsoft.Scripting.dll
  • Microsoft.Scripting.Silverlight.dll
Next type the following code to desing the UI that anables user to enter text:

<Grid Width="300 Height="400" Background="Aquamarine">
        <RowDefinition Height="50"/>
        <RowDefinition Height="50"/>
        <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
    <TextBox FontSize ="30" x:Name="inputTextblock" Grid.Row="1" Width="200" Height="50" KeyUp="inputTextblock_KeyUp"/>

Type the function delegate of the Microsoft.Scripting Utils namespace, as shown in the following code snippet:

Function<string, string> func;

Type the following code to declare an anonymous IronPython function that converts strings to upper case:

String code = "lambda x:  x.upper()";

Note: Lambda is an IronPython construct to declare functions that are not bound to a name.

Next, type the following code to host the IronPython engine and notify the engine of the IronPython script to execute, as shown in the following code snippet:

Microsoft.Scripting.Hosting.ScriptEngine pe = PythonEngine.CurrentEngine;
Microsoft.Scripting.IscriptScope scope = pre.CreateScope();
Microsoft.Scripting.Hosting.SourceUnit source = pe.CreateScriptSourceFromString (code, "id");
Func = pe.Execute<Function<string, string>> (scope,source);

Finally, Implement the event handler method of the Silverlight TextBlock control to display the output returned by the IronPython expression as shown in the following code snippet:

Private void inputTextblock_KeyUp(object sender,System.Windows.Input.KeyEventArgs e)
    inputTextblock.Text = func(inputTextblock.Text);

When you run the project, the Silverlight UI displays a text box as shown in the following figure.


Figure 1:The initial Output of the DLR Hosting Application

As you keep typing in the textBox, the letter converted to upper case, as shown in the following figure...


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