IronPython 1.0.1 released
IronPython 1.0.1 was released today. Apart from some minor bug fixes, it includes a new feature described in the release email as follows:
"The new support for community written built-in modules enables loading the .NET DLLs on startup and adding them to the built-in module list. This feature was implemented by updating site.py to check for a "DLLs" directory and looking for the PythonModuleAttribute point to an assembly. Now users can create built-in modules by simply adding this attribute to their assembly and re-distributing only the new assembly which the user can add to their DLLs directory."
The IronPython team say it is a small feature, but I believe it has greater implications. There has been much discussion on the mailing list about Microsoft not accepting community contributed code and when will missing CPython standard library module X that relies on a C extension be in the distribution. Now the community has another way to provide them.
IronPython Community Edition (IPCE)
A couple of weeks ago the busiest member of the IronPython community Seo Sanghyeon released a distribution of IronPython compiled under Mono. He has called this the IronPython Community Edition. As well as have a number of patches applied to the IronPython source that makes it work better under Mono, it comes with a substantial portion of the CPython standard library known to work under IronPython, CPython-compatible wrappers for .NET library:
md5, pyexpat, select, sha, socket, ssl, unicodedata, and the third party libraries - BeautifulSoup and ElementTree. He has also created a Sourceforge project for his IronPython modules and IPCE http://fepy.sourceforge.net/